UK Drone Code (EXPLAINED) | 6 MUST KNOWS on how to fly a drone in the UK

UK Drone Code (EXPLAINED) | 6 MUST KNOWS on how to fly a drone in the UK

Drone Rules UK – the UK Drone Code.
#DroneCode #SafeDroneFlying
Simply and easily understand everything you need to know about the UK Drone Code and how to fly a drone in the UK.

Developed by the UK CAA it’s their way of trying to simplify the main rules that you need to be aware of when flying drones in the UK.

To help clarify we’re going to take you through each rule individually, break them down and explain exactly what they mean.

The Drone Code is LAW so must be followed.

1) Always keep your drone in sight, this allows you to see and avoid other things whilst flying. You need to keep a clear view between the pilot’s eyes and the drone, nothing can come between you. Doing this makes sure that you can clearly see how to fly the drone and also you are aware of your surroundings.

2) It’s against the law to fly your drone over 400 feet, 120 meters. This reduces the likelihood of conflict with a manned aircraft. This is one of the simplest rules but it’s one that tends to come up all the time and people tend to get very confused with it. Possibly the best way to visualize this rule is to imagine a piece of string 400 foot long tied to the bottom of your drone. At the other end, that’s anchored to the surface of the earth.

If you’re on a hill, for example, you can fly at the top of that hill, you’ve got 400 ft from the top of that, if you start to fly out and the hill then drops away, you need to follow that curve and you need to lower your drone down.

3) Every time you fly follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your specific drone. This just keeps your drone safe and the people around you safe. By understanding the capabilities and limitations of your drone you know when you can and can’t fly.

4) Keep the right distance from people and property. For people and properties you need to stay a minimum of 150 foot that’s 50 meters away. For crowds and built-up areas that’s 500 foot or 150 meters and don’t over fly.

Imagine your drone is in the centre of a 50m bubble or a 150m bubble. You can’t fly your drone or your bubble closer than 50m or 150m to people or properties. If you’ve flown closer imagine that bubble is going to pop.

The 2nd part of this rule that confuses a lot of people is what does built-up area actually mean? Built-up areas are populated, they might have a lot of movement with cars or people. That could be residential, it could be villages, towns, cities, or could be an industrial estate as well. If you’re flying close to any of these you need to stay a minimum safe distance of 150m away.

As a guide, think about the closest road you’re flying by if it’s a 20mph, 30, 40mph speed limit it’s probably a populated area, if that’s the case you need to be looking at 150m safe distance away.

If the road near you is a 50mph, 60mph national speed limit you’re probably going to be in the country and are going to be away from populated areas, so your safe distance is 50 meters.

If you’re unsure just apply some common sense and stay 150m away, that way you’re not going to have any problems.

5) You are responsible for each flight and legal responsibility lies with you, failure to fly responsibly could result in criminal prosecution. The drone pilot is responsible legally for the actions of that drone. If you’re doing something you shouldn’t be or your flying somewhere you shouldn’t be, legal responsibility lies with the pilot.

6) Stay well away from aircraft airports and airfields. It’s illegal to fly your drone within an airport’s flight restriction zone without permission as of March 2019. This means it’s illegal to fly a drone within these FRZs unless you have permission from air traffic control at the airport or if air traffic control is not operational from the airport itself.

All you need to check is if you are in the zone you can’t fly, if you’re out of the zone you can.

These zones are marked on maps so it’s easy to check quite quickly.

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  1. 47genadijs47 on May 4, 2021 at 2:05 am

    Hello. I found that on 2 applications and drone assist the restricted area is shown differently.. On one map I can fly and on the other there is a restricted area. Which map should I use to avoid breaking the law? I would like to hear your opinion. Thanks.

  2. gary smith on May 4, 2021 at 2:09 am

    so if i’m over say my house and my nieghbours houses i have to stay 150m away which means flying over them but the hieght restriction is 120m 400ft so i’m now breaking the height restriction doesn’t make any sense

  3. Joe Ortiz on May 4, 2021 at 2:10 am

    Hopefully this will be a simple one to answer …
    My garden is roughly 80 ft. long by 30 foot wide with neighbours either side. One side are ok enough to say that I can even land or take off in their garden. The other side are paranoid enough to suspect that the CIA have planted bugs in their home LOL! Anyways … question is … is there anything wrong with the idea of placing my mavic pro in the centre of my garden then ascending straight up to 50 metres then whizzing around maintaining line of sight? Does this satisfy the 50 metre padding between my drone and the neighbours house? I am initially talking about vertical distance before moving sideways or in any other direction while maintaining line of sight. No horizontal movement until I am 50 metres above ….

    What says DroneHub?
    Thanks in advance for your response.

  4. Mark Franklin on May 4, 2021 at 2:15 am

    You missed out that you can fly within 50m as long as it is on your own property of have the permission of the owner.

  5. Mad-man-80 on May 4, 2021 at 2:16 am

    I see you live in Portsmouth! Same lol🤣

  6. Nad on May 4, 2021 at 2:19 am

    Thank you so much for the information. One question though, you mention in 3:56 that you cannot flight over crowds and built up area. Would that mean I still can’t fly over for example a city with skyscrapers around to get eye bird shots even if I’ve trained as drone pilot ? Many thanks

  7. Ron Wilkinson on May 4, 2021 at 2:20 am

    Seems the Drone Hub is another one making money out of us Hobbyists. Ok flying 400 ft. On BBC News noticed BBc team was using a drone to fly down a high street. People were actually walking about in a busy area. Seems one law for them

  8. abel berenguer on May 4, 2021 at 2:22 am

    Thks four your video just a question I buy a drone from Finland I’m in Jersey uk the seller post by ups is been stop by Customers I pay the gst is 5% we’re the Customers ask four invoice I proof and now ask me four Commodity Code I try a lot numbers is not working can you please help me if you can please thank you very much the commodity code is uk

  9. TacharaTV on May 4, 2021 at 2:28 am

    what’s the point of buying a drone if you can’t fly it anywhere?

  10. Rosedonna purdy on May 4, 2021 at 2:28 am

    Whot happen if you like to film you and your friends at the Skat park

  11. Pradeep Gurung on May 4, 2021 at 2:31 am

    Great video i ever watch. 👍👍👍👍👍
    I am planning to buy Skydio2 from USA. And reship to the UK because they don’t ship outside of the USA & CANADA and also is not certified by UK. I was wondering if i reship to the UK is there any chances to confiscate the drone at UK customs? I am happy to pay tax and duty charges. If you give me some information regarding these i would be really appreciated. Thank you.

  12. annann wi on May 4, 2021 at 2:41 am

    Would you not prefer train spotting or watchpaint dry? I feel quite spooked. Same drone in same spot each nigh. How creepy. What the hell are you looking or spying on? I really feel violatedby all of you droners,explain what you do tbis for? The children where I live are quite nervous being watched. Stop being wierd

  13. Fred Smith on May 4, 2021 at 2:43 am

    Fred Smith
    It’s my opinion that Drone operators have ruined things in the uk for all the RC pilots who were safely flying for years – accidents were not unknown but rare. Now we see news reports about reckless drone flights in the news all the time. This has led to public hysteria and the new CAA rules which in my view are an erosion of previously existing civil liberties. The CAA should have simply made drones a special case for the new rules. Simple, but apparently not for the faceless bureaucracy who must control everything to prove their worth. Drone operators: you gave it to them on a plate, thanks for that.

  14. mancave creations on May 4, 2021 at 2:43 am

    It’s just a money making scam do you honestly think criminals are going to use registered drones?
    As soon as your registered watch the licence get more expensive and regulations get tighter year by year, Next the sky’s will be buzzing with commercial drones and no hobby drones will be allowed at all. If the government said that’s it for drone laws registration is for accountability only and no future changes I’d register mine and agree fully but we have all seen how our government works , they are the biggest crooks out there.

  15. dave cooke on May 4, 2021 at 2:46 am

    I’m not listening to no laws I’m not being controlled just another load of bullshit

  16. madonemt on May 4, 2021 at 2:51 am

    I have wanted to purchase a drone for a while but this makes it pointless. One use was to use it for vent inspections on my roof (heat recovery system). But not being able to fly close to my own building prevents that. Also being able to see the drone is a bit restrictive. Lovely country park near where I live with most of it fenced off for wildlife. I wouldn’t be able to do a whole flight over it as the drone would go out of view even though it’s clear airspace. Most of the rules seem fair enough though. Now when are cyclists going to be licensed?

  17. Sam Bautista on May 4, 2021 at 2:51 am

    Much much more easier to understand than the other guy called Matt

  18. joggerjeff on May 4, 2021 at 2:54 am

    Are drones less than 250 grams exempt from all these rules?

  19. tim bland on May 4, 2021 at 3:00 am

    50% uptake so far, or so ive heard

  20. Rog Mo on May 4, 2021 at 3:00 am

    Pfft, meh, I’m not funding bureaucrats to regulate my hobby into non-existence. This is the thin end of a wedge, best to refuse to cooperate and hope it gets shelved.

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