The New UK Drone Laws & FPV!

Do you fly FPV drones? How do you think the new UK drone laws will affect our hobby? And what should we do about it? Let me know in the comments…

Chapters:
0:00 – INTRO
1:10 – CLASSES OF DRONE
4:18 – CATEGORIES OF FLIGHT
9:00 – CLASSES/CATEGORIES SUMMARISED
9:31 – EXAMPLES OF DRONES
12:24 – REMOTE IDENTIFICATION
13:22 DRONE REGISTRATION
14:06 – REMOTE ID CONTINUED
15:42 – FPV (FIRST PERSON VIEW) EXEMPTION
18:05 – OUTRO

The CAA cap722 document:
https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/modalapplication.aspx?appid=11&mode=detail&id=415

The App – ‘Nats Drone Asssist’

The CAA Exemption for FPV (First Person View):
http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/modalapplication.aspx?catid=1&pagetype=65&appid=11&mode=detail&id=9016

How to register your drone:
https://register-drones.caa.co.uk/individual

The a2CofC Course:
https://pigscanfly.photography/the-£99-a2-cofc

Does anyone know how we’re going to get hold of remote ID chips before December 2021?

#UK #Drone #Law

50 Comments

  1. Charlie Nowlan on May 29, 2021 at 3:11 am

    great vid, thank you! Just a quick question….my 750g cinewhoop would fall under which category?

  2. SparkyMTB on May 29, 2021 at 3:11 am

    With all the protests going on all around the UK right now, maybe we should hold a protest for ridiculous drone laws

  3. Dom Dom Alakazam on May 29, 2021 at 3:12 am

    Fck this law go and fly.

  4. Andy Marsh on May 29, 2021 at 3:16 am

    I think they’ve largely left fpv pilots and self builders (the enthusiasts) in the dark. The open category now is very restrictive having to keep 150m. We live on a small island with a lot of people. The spaces we can and have used safely in the past have become more limited. I shall be doing my A2 CofC as the hobby, in my view, is impossible without it. I fly 3inch cinewhoops, 5inch fs, 7inch long range and fixed wing los and long range. Long range is essentially illegal now, even with a spotter with binoculars 😂

  5. ian Pimlott on May 29, 2021 at 3:16 am

    If I’ve got a gtr 349 can I fly it in a park etc without flyer I’d etc

  6. Ian in London on May 29, 2021 at 3:20 am

    Glad you’re getting your head round the new rules and big congrats on doing the A2CofC. Basically get your fpv under 250 gms and happy days…👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

  7. Just Jason on May 29, 2021 at 3:21 am

    So no more long range drones then as how do you keep line of sight at 4km away

  8. danensis on May 29, 2021 at 3:21 am

    My understand is that with a drone that weighs less than 250g you need an operator’s ID but not a flyer’s ID.

  9. FISHERMANPADDY on May 29, 2021 at 3:22 am

    I think the workaround for 3.7.1.2 would be to relay the telemetry data from your phone on an app so the CAA can monitor? It’s just a thought but kinda makes sense. What’s your views? Do you think it would even be possible. Technically you could class your phone and controller as part of the drone system so it would be installed.

  10. RIII on May 29, 2021 at 3:22 am
  11. GunTaco on May 29, 2021 at 3:22 am

    Hi mate, can you point me in the direction of any good forums or communities for beginner FPV pilots? I’ve just started with a mini-whoop and am struggling to fly it around the house, despite being pretty good in the simulator (Liftoff), looking for a bit of guidance to get better, other than "just keep flying" >_>

  12. Adam on May 29, 2021 at 3:23 am

    Spotter might be hard for somebody living out in the boonies and alone xD

  13. mick H on May 29, 2021 at 3:23 am

    Good and instructive video… Just pisses me off because of the few morons that have acted in a dangerous way.. and the knee jerk reaction imposed by the CAA & FAA.
    The CAA went as far as blaming an incident at Xmas 3yrs ago as a bogie drone attack (more like a planned terrorist attack) at Gatwick Airport which they have now used to give leverage to produce these laws.
    In every hobby/sport there are the few morons that want to spoil the fun of the majourity who do what they do safely and responsibly … Probably the same morons that refuse to wear a mask or follow the guide lines during this Covid Pandemic.
    I feel this sport/hobby will die… Due to completely unviable laws and restrictions making it impossible to fly anything over 250gms outside your own front room.

  14. John Smart on May 29, 2021 at 3:28 am

    It sounds like we live in North Korea 😢😢😢😢

  15. David Gilson on May 29, 2021 at 3:30 am

    Here’s my criticisms of the rules. I generally find them to be out of touch and not fit for purpose.
    1) Weight classifications. If CAA is concerned about health and safety, then the 250g limit should be MUCH lower. Even a quad with an AUW of 160g could do some serious damage to someone.
    2) FPV exemption. This seems so redundant. If you are flying FPV you have so much more awareness than any spotter could possibly have. You can HEAR aircraft approaching. You can effectively see around corners. You have telemetry from the UAV being fed directly into your field of vision. CAA, I ask you, what more can a spotter provide that you don’t already get by flying FPV?
    3) Classification certification. There needs to be some way we can pass a technical competency certificate to then have permission to self-certify our custom built UAVs. One thing that five years in this hobby has taught me is that the people who don’t or can’t build their own UAVs are also the most incompetent and thus dangerous pilots. Learning to build and repair gives you a sense awareness and responsibility that doesn’t seem to surface otherwise.
    4) Remote ID. Totally redundant. If you’re smart, and you intend to do any of the things that CAA say remote ID is there to deal with, then you obviously wouldn’t incriminate yourself by having an active remote ID system. Even smarter would be to fly with spoofed remote ID data! Conversely, if you’re flying within the rules, what’s the need to be checked on by law enforcement?

  16. MrDazP1 on May 29, 2021 at 3:30 am

    Hi there and thanks for taking the time to make this video. I own a Spark , probably like thousands of others. Maybe you could do specific videos for popular drones such as this one to help get the message out there.

  17. Martin Wynne on May 29, 2021 at 3:31 am

    Wow i have been following the remote id thing with the guys in the states , and wondered about uk and after your vid its going to be the same deal (well done for reading all that) I have after many toys bought dji mini 2. Got a operator id and thats all I need. Go anywhere with it , bar airports etc .I want to get into fpv badly , I want to build my own 5 inch . Its a lot of money and now im worried. So e max baby hawk or something like that well under 250 g will be my starting point & wait and see and hope they dont wipe out self built drones.

  18. losslessification on May 29, 2021 at 3:32 am

    Tbh, I think even though I’ve only just got my drone I’ll be selling it straight away. There is no reasonable way that the hobby can continue in its current form, the regulations are just hilariously over the top. Last time I looked the only people being killed by UK registered drones were being flown in Afghanistan. There are not scores of people being injured by the hobby and the fact that the CAA conviction rate against drone pilots is 0 reflects this. Why do we need a spotter? If are expected to be broadcasting our location reliably in less than 12 months, then why isn’t there a mandatory drone app that triggers an alarm if a plane is within say, 5 miles of the drone? Surely that would be more reliable than both the goggles and a spotter. Cap722 could be used to batter anybody into submission if you are unlucky enough to find an officer whos read the regs for 20 minutes and hates drones, and presumably hates fun also.

    Can you tell this annoys me?

  19. SirFlukealot Esquire on May 29, 2021 at 3:32 am

    So this law is just a front for a bunch of companies to give me a piece of paper that says "you can fly again now, thanks for emptying your wallet, congrats you’re a safe pilot because to you copy/pasted answers into an online "exam" "

  20. Cuffy Bigglesworth on May 29, 2021 at 3:34 am

    I have been flying drones for about five years, been on Facebook groups and the thing is sadly there have been a few idiots out there who’ve flown their drones irresponsibly, who get a high powered drone and not learnt how to fly it properly which made it dangerous for members of the public.

    When they do this this ruins the hobby for everyone else, I don’t fly my drones like this and if I am being completely honest I welcome the new laws

  21. Leo Brett on May 29, 2021 at 3:35 am

    These new laws are really starting to put me off getting into the hobby.

  22. Alpine Blaze on May 29, 2021 at 3:37 am

    so in a nutshell if i am flying fpv racing drone that exceeds 250 grams what do i need?

  23. Wait FPV on May 29, 2021 at 3:38 am

    thanks magic good vid

  24. Peter Hayes on May 29, 2021 at 3:40 am

    Thanks for the video. I can’t make head nor tail of these new regs. You explained it really well. I have a question. What is the maximum power output for transmitters on FPVs?

  25. Tony Green on May 29, 2021 at 3:40 am

    I was looking to get into the hobby, as much for building drones as flying. Nanny state introducing laws created by people without understanding. Cotton wool blowing is becoming popular, as long as your cotton ball doesn’t exceed 10mm. Great vid.

  26. Mirko Scanu on May 29, 2021 at 3:43 am

    Hello and greetings from Sardinia Italy. Can anyone with a UK certificate fly to the rest of Europe? Is the certificate valid for all European member states? Thanks

  27. pril250 on May 29, 2021 at 3:44 am

    A good video simplifying things as much as possible. You mention the word "hobby" in quite a few instances but failed to mention an important aspect namely flying under Article 16 and would be interesting to hear your view on that especially in regard to FPV flying. One important thing is that in this case there is an exemption from relegation of legacy drones to the A3 sub-category for craft under 25Kg. The only three conditions here are Hobby only flying only, not using any of the automated modes and carrying out Risk Assessment and of course following all the good rules of drone use of airspace.

  28. opts9 on May 29, 2021 at 3:47 am

    In regards to the 80 Joules part, I think you calculate the Joules(kinetic energy) using the Mass(weight) and Velocity(speed) of the Object(drone), so a 249g drone with a top speed of 57mph would have about 80 Joules of kinetic energy.

    A 100g drone, traveling at 89.5mph = 80 Joules.

    and a 65g drone, at 111mph = 80 J.

    900g, 30mph = 80J

  29. George Crawley on May 29, 2021 at 3:48 am

    Will I be following the new rules? *cough* yh of course *cough* *cough*

  30. Ardent on May 29, 2021 at 3:48 am

    Please Please Please explain to em someone, what is an uninvolved person, what does that specifically mean, so if I am flying for a wedding are the guests unilvolved people or not? can I fly closer than 50m or 150m to them with their permission, as I have a potential client wanting me to do weddings. I cant find this information anywhere.

  31. Danny Jones FPV on May 29, 2021 at 3:49 am

    Thanks mate, You explained all that in a way I understood, reading it is a bit baffling. New sub 👌👌

  32. Sowel 44 on May 29, 2021 at 3:50 am

    What an awful time to want to get into this hobby. Now its not something i can do to pass time alone, nothing screws things up faster than the government trying to help.

  33. Wild Raven Drone Services on May 29, 2021 at 3:50 am

    Even having an observer for VLOS is pointless; if the Drone is flying in and out of a building or through a woods, then you won’t be able to monitor it. There needs to be a recognition of the sport and its requirements.

  34. FPV Fanatic on May 29, 2021 at 3:51 am

    Great job you done with this quide, appreciate. But that regulations puts me off very much to keep playing. fun can make me a criminal. It gets more and more complicated and it’s hard to say why they try to disgust us with this hobby. According this, even you broke some rules during flying when you around the building. Drone has been lost from sight even for spotter. Bang !

  35. Dawid Szewczyk on May 29, 2021 at 3:51 am

    Ok,so if i dont have any one who can be my spoter. Im not allowed to fly fpv any more?

  36. Squishy - on May 29, 2021 at 3:52 am

    It looks like DJIs FPV drone will be dead before launch in the UK. Too heavy, too fast, and nowhere to fly!

  37. Magic FPV on May 29, 2021 at 3:53 am

    IMPORTANT CORRECTION: Regarding Remote ID, it seems that we may be ok because we operate within the ‘OPEN CATEGORY’ (all flights inc A1, A2, A3 subcategories). The Dec 2021 requirement is ONLY within the ‘SPECIFIC CATEGORY’, and is also required in drones sold as C1, C2, and C3 from 2023.
    My interpretation is that self built FPV drones don’t need it until 2023 and we may only need it then if we buy drones classed C1 C2 C3. Here’s the exact text from page 199 of the CAP722 document:

    3.7.1.1 Open category

    The product standards in the UAS DR require that any UAS marked as Class C1, C2 or C3 must have a direct remote ID capability; this must be active (i.e. switched on) and up to date whenever the UA is being flown.
    If any other UA is equipped with a remote ID capability, this must be active and up to date whenever the UA is being flown in the Open category.

    3.7.1.2 Specific category

    UAS operators are required to ensure that each UA is installed with a remote ID system by 2 December 2021.
    From this date it must be active (i.e. switched on) and up to date whenever the UA is being flown.

  38. PlanetCypher on May 29, 2021 at 3:54 am

    So can’t go solo fpv anymore 😩😠
    Is it worth buying a mini2 now before the end of the year? Or pointless as can technically do 10km range?

  39. Adam Opie on May 29, 2021 at 3:56 am

    This is so frustrating, its making me really angry hearing all of this. Especially remote ID. This is a completely useless requirement. Everyone that installs it will already be a responsible pilot and if you aren’t a responsible pilot then you wont have one installed anyways, so what’s the point?

  40. Realtime Fpv on May 29, 2021 at 3:57 am

    Nicely broken down mate, really helped me understand it.
    I think diy part suppliers would be able to claim plausible deniability on the sale of parts. A motor is just a motor, a vtx is just a wireless video transmitter, even a frame is just a few shapes of carbon fibre. All could be used in non drone applications. I guess the flight controller is the only thing that this argument falls down on.

  41. Battle Archery Ltd on May 29, 2021 at 4:00 am

    I fly a mobula 6 and 6 HD and Emax Tinyhawk II and the freestyle in my house, or on private land, so up to 10 metres in height, but can fly before FPV breakup of 100 metres.. Good luck to the spotter trying to keep track of my tiny whoops at that distance.
    What category would you think the emax tinyhawk II freestyle fall into?
    Does this mean I need to have an operator ID for all my tiny whoops? (already have a flyer ID)
    EDITED.. sucks that I have to register my tiny whoop…
    I do have one question.. as some mentioned to me or a video I’ve seen somewhere.. Any footage I take from my crappy 1080p camera, can I sell this footage without a commercial license if I’m sticking to my category and the dronecode? I wish I could remember where I heard that from?

  42. Stephen Gibb on May 29, 2021 at 4:00 am

    I already have remote id on my osd they can tune into that and get everything they need.

  43. Mr Trendizzle on May 29, 2021 at 4:00 am

    Where the hell do you do the A2CofC? I’ve just searched it and it’s a bunch of websites offering the course for £99 – £300. I’ve just gone through multiple websites all quoting different prices for the same thing? Is there an offical CAA/Dronecode website to go to or is this A2CofC something anyone could just download from the CAA and then claim they passed themselves?

  44. MR Boombastic on May 29, 2021 at 4:02 am

    Just got my Operator/Flyer ID.
    My first drone just came.
    Just a lightweight less than 250g but has a camera.
    Never flown before, just hope it’s good weather tomorrow. 👍

  45. ЯПравоQator on May 29, 2021 at 4:03 am

    hello today, the picture from the air unit disappeared. in the v2 glasses, the inscription appeared : image transmission signal lost. what to do?

  46. PlanetCypher on May 29, 2021 at 4:05 am

    I’m sure OEM will sell a kit or built craft, then end users will just change out parts and customise, is the remote ID really requiring speed pos etc? Or just a broadcast ID number for identification?

  47. Steve Fox on May 29, 2021 at 4:06 am

    Bollocks to the rules, that’s what i think.

  48. Tim Phillipson on May 29, 2021 at 4:08 am

    Ive just got the dji fpv, awesome bit of kit! 🙂 totally new to the world of drones and have been flying it illegal until today when I did some research and still doing some. Sometimes ignorance is bliss. 😉 got some awesome footage which’ll be rare now I presume. I live by the sea so It’ll be ok to fly it out over the sea and around the rocks.

  49. Spot Cat on May 29, 2021 at 4:08 am

    I’m kinda confused abour the 19m/s regulation. Wouldn’t that cover all FPV drones from 2s on upwards? I mean, even my Tinyhawk 2 flys faster than that on 2s.
    Isn’t that potentially going to fuck the hobby the most?
    Do you think that some sort of throttle limit switch workaround might solve that?
    Probably not if we’re gonna have to openly blast out all flight telemetry data at all times.

    I really hope these regs aren’t gonna blanket criminalise all of us. I’m wondering how I should be able to find a flying spot within the big city I live in. I don’t own a car to just up and leave for the countryside to fly a couple of packs….

    We’ll see. Thanks a lot for the video, really good presentation.

  50. Mr Trendizzle on May 29, 2021 at 4:10 am

    People have said that FPV goggles could have a view port built in which maintains LOS while also giving you FPV.
    Think of a camera. You have the view hole along with screen. It’s not going to be long until people drill a tiny hole in the goggles to allow them to see through unaided. It’s going to be a loophole that will need some careful thought to patch which will severely restrict the rules even further.

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