Preparing to pass the UK drone theory test

I have finally got around to taking my UK Drone Theory Test. The law changed in November 2019 and I have not flown my drone since then.

In this video I will talk you through all the regulations that you need to know to pass the test. This video was very time intensive to make and involved many re-shoots, but I am still pleased with the result. Enjoy.


**** PLEASE visit the CAA website for yourself to review the regulations ****
I have tried to make the information in this video accurate, but I stress the need to check it for yourself.


Links: CAA Preparing for the test:
CAA Register for the test:
Drone safe UK Airfield Restrictions:
Drone safe APP:
NATS training for hobbyists:

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In this video Darrell Oakden prepares to pass the UK Drone Theory Test to obtain his Flyer ID.


  1. Amir Samer on December 11, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    Can i ask u question please now i own my dji mavi pro and i want to fly over congested are such as taking city shoots so do i need to fly over 150 m?
    If that is the case what do i need to fly my drone less than 150 m?

  2. Paul Smyth on December 11, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    Darrell – Superb !!. As a total "Newbie" to drones, this is an important thing for me mate. GREAT video, and massively appreciated. I have worked overseas for 23 years, currently in Cairo for the last 5 and a half. I will retire next month to my home and longggggggg suffering family and I have renewed my passion for motorcycles (and photography). Not owned a bike for 40 years, and had not ridden for 27, until last year. Now, I have a "few". I now have an adventure bike – a Honda Africa Twin, that I cannot wait to ride / explore, and want to capture the adventures for personal / family consumption. I had looked at cheapo drones as a starter – but believe they were too light / low quality – So I then looked at the Chinese made "Holy Stone" as a starter – still cheap – but heavier – and I am now thinking Mavic Air 2 – as a "Final" device – but from the START. I have to be careful of course. I have a glider pilots license – but that is also from 40 years ago, so my principles of flight is good – but I still feel well qualified to crash an expensive drone, straight into the wall 😁. Any guidance you can offer will be massively appreciated. Cheers Darrell

  3. PistonSlap on December 11, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    I’ll pass on getting one lol. Great content and information as always. Thanks for all the work you put into these videos.

  4. MrVideoAnalysis on December 11, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    This is a piece of piss for anyone worrying i did zero study for this answered the test questions in 10 mins.

  5. zigzagsox on December 11, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    The operator ID does not have to be on the outside of the drone. It can be in the battery compartment as long as the location is accessible without the use of a tool. If you video a person who is in a public place you do not need their permission to photograph or video them and you can publish the photos anywhere you like. There is no expectation of privacy in a public space in the U.K. Otherwise every local authority would have to ask your permission when you walk down the high street or enter a supermarket.

  6. Bill H on December 11, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    To the top we go…
    Bill H
    2 hours ago
    @MrVideoAnalysis Nope, a theory test (pass or fail) will never stop an accident. It’s data collection and a combined revenue stream. If you do cause an accident they know who you are and, you’ve paid them to collect that information about you. Agree, a theory test is common sense, I’m debating with myself as my new toy is 249g. Sensible to take it tho’…

  7. We're Really Relay Camping on December 11, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    the ‘commercial’ side is a nightmare and damn expensive i think for nothing more than miking owners, to charge 600 quid for a gvc! they use the ”but the risk of being nearer people” , how does that payment reduce risk? in the event of a ‘problem” how does that 600 quid help anyone injured? when your surveying that church roof and crash through the stained glass window how does that 600 quid do anyone any good? makes no difference i can see if they charge 6 quid or 6 thousand- can someone explain to me how it helps?

  8. Chris Gardner on December 11, 2020 at 10:19 pm

    Awesome video, very helpful, same drone as I’ve just brought, a lot of confusing and (overwhelming videos) about , thanks for making this user friendly, been sat here for an hour or so scratching my head thinking oh god what have I dropped myself into, many thanks,

  9. Stephen on December 11, 2020 at 10:26 pm

    Good video but this is all old news mate that people that fly have been aware of for a long time, 🙄

  10. Leggework on December 11, 2020 at 10:39 pm

    just one point about flying over hills the 400ft rule actually refers to the nearest point on the ground to the drone not the top of the hill so it is possible to be unlawful if flying over a valley of a lower slope

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