UK Drone Regulations (2021) in Under 8 Minutes! Geeksvana UK Drone Rules Series

UK Drone Regulations (2021) in Under 8 Minutes! Geeksvana UK Drone Rules Series

Hey everyone! The UK Drone Rules changed a lot at the start of 2021 and sometimes it can be a little intimidating to watch hours and hours of videos to get the basics a hobbyist drone flyer in the UK needs to know. Today on Geeksvana, we will bring you the basic UK Drone Rules you need to know in under 8 minutes! Sean will set a timer and run through what you need to know from airspace, to registration and from privacy to flying over people. For a deeper dive into the rules, you can find our UK Drone Rules Playlist, with many specialist videos covering specific subjects here:

Video resources:

Below are links to the sites, apps and documents mentioned in the video.

UK CAA Drone Code:

Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Scheme:


Altitude Angel Drone Assist App:


Drone Safety Map (from Altitude Angel):

Geeksvana Walkthrough of the Drone Assist App:

To help you revisit this video and check the information you need, here are some chapters:

00:00 – 01:16 INTRODUCTION
01:17 – 01:49 SOME BASICS
01:50 – 02:17 ARTICLE 241
02:18 – 03:16 UK Drone Registration (DMARES)
03:17 – 03:36 A3 Subcategory
03:37 – 04:27 A2 and the A2 CofC
04:28 – 04:50 GVC – General Visual Line of Sight Certificate
04:51 – 04:59 Working with Your Drone in UK (Commercial Use)
05:00 – 05:20 CAA Insurance Requirements
05:21 – 06:20 A1 Airspace & Sub 250g Drones
06:21 – 07:26 Article 16 Authorisation
07:27 – 08:03 Permissible Airspace
08:04 – 08:28 Privacy Basics
08:29 – 08:52 Want More Info? Here’s How
08:53 – 09:03 Drone Masterclass Courses
09:04 – 09:33 Thanks, Subscribe and See You Next Time!



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  1. MartinDavies on May 3, 2022 at 6:22 pm

    Great video as always. Question though. You mentioned that "when C class drones are released you can over fly people" but then went ahead and said with a sub 250g drone like the Mini 2 (which is a legacy drone) can overfly? But the previous point was that all legacy drones can’t over fly?

  2. Flyskydronesuk on May 3, 2022 at 6:24 pm

    Less than 8 minutes very good 👍🏻

  3. Andrew Hill Phots & Videos on May 3, 2022 at 6:24 pm

    what I want to know is if you own a Mavic air 2 are they going to issue us with a C label or do we have to but a drone with the C stamp on it?

  4. AirScape on May 3, 2022 at 6:24 pm

    I sold my Mavic mini and Mavic air 2. Until the C class drones are available i don’t see me picking up another one. Any clue when we can get some C reg drones?

  5. Can Fly WA on May 3, 2022 at 6:26 pm

    Great video even tho I’m in australia it’s interesting to find out about regulations in other countries.

    However I do question the UKCAA classification system. Do you think that drone manufacturers will add these classifications for UK drones, since it would appear that these are UK specific and will add some increase in manufacturering costs.

  6. velomoho on May 3, 2022 at 6:26 pm

    Great video Sean. Plenty of info in a short space of time & handy to refer back to 👍🏽

  7. DocCol on May 3, 2022 at 6:27 pm

    Great vid, but on the subject of Airspace restrictions, can a sub 250g drone (mini 2) fly in Class D airspace within specified altitudes etc (if applicable)?

  8. BIG BEAR on May 3, 2022 at 6:27 pm

    I swear…I wish my College Professors were as good as you when it comes to presenting info. Thank you for your hard work, Sean.

  9. harryhorton on May 3, 2022 at 6:27 pm

    Great Video Geekvanan – most of use need to have a re-cap of the rules now and again – Thanks, 5ValleyDrones. (UK)

  10. imaner76 on May 3, 2022 at 6:28 pm

    Clarity and confidence. Rare on YouTube. Thank you, have the like and take that sub.

  11. Lala on May 3, 2022 at 6:28 pm

    Hello the dron need to have 250g with out batteries or whith batteries instead of the drone ? Thenk you . I want to no if I need to register one of this drone lyzrc lsrc ls 38 or lyzrc l106 pro 3? Thenk you

  12. NLS * on May 3, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    Fak the rules. Set up drone fly it simple without registrations. Have some balls you losing masculinity every day idiots.

  13. bikerjon1 on May 3, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    So….you make any money from YouTube with drone footage YOU NEED COMMERCIAL licence and insurance. RIGHT?

  14. freeprison on May 3, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    Thanj you for the information! It’s so much helpful😊 I will go to the UK this month as an exchange student and I am planning to use drone(DJI mavic mini2) for my vlog. And I think I would film the view of city. In this case, do I have to register something? I will wait for your response! Thank you so much😆

  15. weevilinabox on May 3, 2022 at 6:32 pm

    Another great video, Sean. So much info and no timewasting. Will you release revisions and/or updates as rules change?

    Do you know whether "planning to make money" includes uploading to, say, YouTube? Does the answer depend upon whether one’s channel is monetised?

  16. Rubinho Drone on May 3, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    Passando para prestigiar aquele super like ✌

  17. Lewis Bell on May 3, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    Looks like I’m not getting a drone lol

  18. Colin Turner on May 3, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    Great Video, I’m new to drones, very new and I appreciate the rules are changing within a year or two but it’s just so confusing I’ve just registered with the CAA and now have my Flyer ID and my operator ID no big deal I know, i was about to purchase a mini 2 but have thought about getting the Dji Ar2s what I’m asking is, can I fly it without anything else, qualifications/tests? as it’s over 250g I appreciate the regs for keeping a distance and no fly zones but didn’t want to buy it if i can’t actually fly it.

  19. Travels with Rosie on May 3, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    Sub 8 mins and got your GVC plug nice. 😉

  20. The Fly-By Guys on May 3, 2022 at 6:35 pm

    Well done Sean. Now breath 😀

  21. Robert Kirby on May 3, 2022 at 6:38 pm

    If you fly a domestic size drone in a legal park why should you need insurance (presumed third party like 400 feet is AGL or local QFE and not AMSL or QNH) just because you took a quid of someone for a photograph of them? Although I had insurance cover for mine, it was only in the last decade of the 20th century that third party insurance became compulsory for private aircraft with a UK Cof A unless you wanted to land at a government ran airfield. When it became compulsory the premiums increased. An airliner has a copy of it’s insurance certificate on the flight deck. Around 2000AD the cover for a B767 was around 300 million $US. If a drone accident in the park (insurance will probably be invalidated if the accident happens in illegal airspace outside the park) costs more than the operator can afford it is probably a "Russian dashcam scam".
    Yes it pays to know what the law is, even when it is photocopied rubbish, but remember £9 from 40,000 people without doing anything is better than £1000 from 200 accompanied by prominent responsibility. Regulating is no longer a public service safety issue. It is now a business and insurance has always been gambling by the providers. Like RC models are largely a hobby so regulating them is a money making CAA hobby. Try asking them what category the airspace between my lawn and the highest tree in my garden is. It was irrelevant for manned flight but not any more.

  22. Mini Matt TV on May 3, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    Excellent thank you. Is everything mentioned here still valid?

  23. Lau Arts on May 3, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    Excellent and very informative video. Thank you so much for the correct information.
    But, at this stage, I will stick an action camera to my old fishing pole and mimic a drone video :’D

  24. Simon Trimble on May 3, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    Excellent video, very informative 👍🏻

  25. Roland K. on May 3, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    Missed FPV rule…
    Now you cannot FPV alone isn’t it? as you need a spotter 😉

  26. comedyhunter on May 3, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    Nice and concise, perfect ! Saved for reference even though I knew all that its handy to show someone who questions me when flying.

  27. Kevin Schembri on May 3, 2022 at 6:48 pm

    Do I need to apply for each flight pls?

  28. Rare Air Videos on May 3, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    Good info Sean, I don’t know if you have covered this but…here is my question… I am heading home as soon as they open up the UK and I want to bring my Mavic Pro 2 over for video and photographs. How or what do i need to do to be allowed to do this. Cheers!

  29. Laurence Fegan on May 3, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    Thank you, Sean!

  30. Andy Cortez [El Smeghead] on May 3, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    Excellent, now I can brush up on my drone rules while I hard boil an egg 👍

  31. shane humberstone on May 3, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    Had a few drones for a while since before they brought out the regulations but not flown since,last week I got my flyer and operator I.d sorted so I’m covered to fly now

  32. AnilJedi on May 3, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    I assume local authorities can remove Article 16 Authorisation ? Using Byelaws.

  33. dragonste on May 3, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    Thank you very much

  34. Ryan B on May 3, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    If the pilot cannot be seen, the police have zero means to disable the drone… the French use Eagles and the Yanks use Nets. Just don’t sit on a park bench with your gear ect and you’re cool 😎

  35. Forged Sanity on May 3, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    Can I fly my DJI FPV in parks if I’m part of the FPVUK association? Or no, because my drone falls into C2

  36. Gimbalair on May 3, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    Still baffled by >250<500 weight and overflight in the A1 cat. Allowed or not allowed, with A2 or without A2, intentionally or unintentionally.

  37. Andrew Hill Phots & Videos on May 3, 2022 at 7:05 pm

    thanks sean great viewing as usual

  38. Simon on May 3, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    Sound solid advice thanks Sean. Questions, whats your take on having a flyer ID lanyard ??? worth while or a waste of time.???

  39. Droning about Ireland on May 3, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    Love it Sean and this is all fresh in my head as I passed the A2CofC drone course with UAV Hub a few days ago, only thing I’m concerned about is what happens with my qualification after 2022, is it null and void, i fly a Mavic Air 2 and DJI fpv, I look forward to your video regarding the A2CofC after 2022.

  40. Dimas nah on May 3, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    Why say high in feet and length in meters ?

  41. Captivating Video Clips on May 3, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    Hi Sean if u own a dji mini 2 ( 249g )are you able to fly it any where as long as you keep it in view and it is under 400feet. Obviously you can’t fly it near
    Airports, prisons,schools etc and are you able to do commercial work with it as long as you have insurance.

  42. Eric Watt on May 3, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    Nice video Sean well put across enjoy your New year

  43. RODPIKER DRONES UK on May 3, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    Great job Sean and recap on the rules 👍

  44. funkeybikemonkey on May 3, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    Does anyone have to pay or abide by rules with a helicopter or RC airplane?

  45. Tony o on May 3, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    Great channel! Information that cuts out all the good from the bad, and leaves you understanding whats going on completely! What with drone news being a hot topic of many lovers and those opposed to drone flying, this helps the real drone community, that just wish to use the fantastic technology for good safe work or hobby related time! Being a member of a recognized club/organisation myself, believe this is the best way to maintain some kind of acceptance with the drone use we love, and wish to be able to carry on using in the years to come! Again, like your content and approach to this YouTube channel…

  46. cgarzs on May 3, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    Ah yes, the drones in office lash out at the drones out of office.
    Nice concise video though, thanks.

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