YOUR DRONE AND THE LAW IN THE UK 2021 – What you need to know

Hello drone operators!

The CAA have finely clarified the new laws around drones in the UK for 2021. They have adapted the drone code and it now sits comfortably in line with EASE rules.
In this video I go over the biggest differences, the similarities and explain how different drones are effect by these changes and what you can do to get the most out of your drone.
NOTE: Although I believe this to be true to the best of my knowledge, I am not a legal expert suggest you seek legal advise if you need certainty.


Drone Code:

Get you Fliers ID and/or operators ID:

Mavic Air 2:

Mavic Mini:

Buy the Mini 2:

Mavic mini and Mini 2 CPL ND filters:

Mavic Air 2 CPL ND filters:

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Thanks for watching and I hope to see you in the next one!


  1. alan durden on April 7, 2021 at 12:50 am

    if I take my camera off my quad, how will the law apply to me.

  2. Ray Hollands on April 7, 2021 at 12:51 am

    Nice and concise, good one!

  3. Ray Hart on April 7, 2021 at 12:52 am

    So is there a no fly zone app for the UK. Airports ??

  4. D Cliffe on April 7, 2021 at 12:53 am

    lucky i fly a quad copter and not a drone lol

  5. Wade Lowther on April 7, 2021 at 12:53 am

    Presumably if you need to get insurance for commercial flying, "commercial" flying includes footage for youtube videos, if you are trying to make money from them, but not if you are merely simply broadcasting for fun?

  6. Gary Linnane on April 7, 2021 at 12:54 am

    I’m not sure if I need a operators id.
    Do I need to get one.
    I’ve got the Toysky S162 drone which is a bit of a copy of the mavic mini. Comes in at 249 grams, classed as a toy with 14+ on the box and do I need to get the operators id . As it has a camera. Thinking myself I should. What do you think and what age group makes it a toy when they put the age on the box the drone comes in. That’s for your time and wishing you and all your family good health.

  7. RDF on April 7, 2021 at 12:54 am

    Thanks for going through this.

  8. kaval singh on April 7, 2021 at 12:55 am

    What is the minimum age for the A2Cofc?

  9. k mi on April 7, 2021 at 12:58 am

    What next Tax for having a dump? swimming tax? picnic tax? lawn bowls tax? it goes on and on. they have killed just about every hobby going. more money for p-ss t-king, gov & b. brother.. Just you watch, it won’t stop there, once they know they have gotten away with their initial gas lighting & thievery, they will return and raise the fees again, alongside more restrictive regulations.. now reduced to last hobby available knitting & croache whilst down at the park, Health & safety says no Needles are offensive weapons, oh silly me.

  10. Rad Buda on April 7, 2021 at 12:59 am

    Thank you Paul.
    I have several drones, I got my flyer ID and I am registered. Currently purchased DJI Mavic pro 2 as I was planning to start using it for the business. What’s your suggested route about doing so?

  11. James Davies on April 7, 2021 at 1:00 am

    Thanks for this video. So i have a mavic mini and only use it for recreational use at the moment. if i want to use this for commercial reasons, are you saying that i don’t need a commercial licence. Just insurance and maybe a CofC? Thanks

  12. Nick May on April 7, 2021 at 1:00 am

    Whear do I get the Operator ID stickers with the Operator ID number I need to stick to my drone to be able to fly ?

  13. theUKtoday on April 7, 2021 at 1:02 am

    The rules for flying seem very straightforward but one point I am unsure of with a Mavic mini 2, is the only thing I have to do is register myself to be able to fly it within the guidelines? I would be really grateful if you could answer this for me thank you in anticipation

  14. Alex Lawson on April 7, 2021 at 1:02 am

    Great video I found it very helpful just one question. If you obtain your operator and flyer ID in the UK can you fly in Europe with the same operator and flyer id or do you have to get a separate European one?

  15. Sidcup Cyclist on April 7, 2021 at 1:03 am

    Being as the earth equatorial plain is spinning at 1000mph has this been factored into the A2 cofc risk assessment.

  16. Sam on April 7, 2021 at 1:05 am

    How long is the A2 Cofc valid for and what is an APPROX price for insuring a mini 2. Thanks in advance

  17. Marcin Michalak on April 7, 2021 at 1:06 am

    U proberbly have the mavic mini or dji mini 2. Thats why it not too bad for you

  18. zenoist2 on April 7, 2021 at 1:09 am

    You can always trust the UK to make laws about everything and demand payments, taxes and licences.

  19. Neil Foster on April 7, 2021 at 1:10 am

    So the CAA in their wisdom have effectively regulated all park flyers out of the skies (which was their ultimate aim anyway). Our informal club with 50 members used to fly from a local village playing field, with full permission of the village hall committee. Now, we are unable to fly from ANY playing field, with or without consent. Well done CAA for closing down the possibility for many, many Saturday and Sunday fliers! 😠😠😠😠😠

  20. Glen Smith on April 7, 2021 at 1:11 am

    Laws for drones were a matter of time. Firstly the amount of idiots who have drones and are not drone enthusiasts. People flying, not really knowing what they are doing and not abiding by safety. And finally, UK is an over populated rat race.

  21. John Hutchinson on April 7, 2021 at 1:12 am

    So I have just got a Mavic air 2 last week. So why can’t DJI or whoever do something and make them C2 or whatever!

  22. Zubair Akhtar on April 7, 2021 at 1:13 am

    Hi Paul, thanks for the upload. I currently have a PFCO GVC certificate used to fly commercially. Would I still need to get the A2cfc to be able to fly commercially ? Also would you class surveying roofs in London as open or specific category ? Thanks in advance

  23. Kombat Tee on April 7, 2021 at 1:13 am

    Hey great video on the caa in the uk, I have a mavic mini and I a operator license and a flyer id also I took the test to keep myself correct with the rules, what is the max weight I’m Allowed to fly a drone up to? And if I ever upgrade to a bigger drone like for example the mavic pro 2 or something along them lines, could I fly it or do I need to take a different test? Thanks for all the info and great video for UK drone flyers 😁

  24. Mysterious Energy on April 7, 2021 at 1:13 am

    I have DJI Phantom 3 Advanced what are the rules for me then?

  25. Phil Pritchard on April 7, 2021 at 1:14 am

    Thanks good info. So for commercial use with the mini I could fly to get shots of a house in an Estate without needing to worry about the 50m distances? Or is that with the a2 course, I have a PfCO

  26. abel berenguer on April 7, 2021 at 1:16 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

  27. Cristiano Saturni on April 7, 2021 at 1:21 am

    Thanks! Well done. Does the A2 COFC allow to fly home-built drones that are over 250g and less than 1kg in parks and outside a 50m cylinder around uninvolved people? By looking at CAP2012 CAA document, it seems that the answer is negative. It seems to suggest that the A2 COFC brings no benefit to people flying home built drones that are sub 250g with max speed more than 19m/s or over 250g. Which would be sad. I hope I am wrong. Thanks!

  28. AndrewHere on April 7, 2021 at 1:23 am

    Hello Paul. Thanks for this video.

    I would like to start a business using drones to basically compose superimposed 2D and 3D elements over drone footage.
    This will involve me having to fly around cities (most of the time) to get footage of a either commercial or residential area from where I will use the footage to do what I described above.

    I was wondering if I am okay with just a CAA A2 certificate (and registration of course)?
    Most of the times I will have to be at least 50-100 meters from the area I need to film.
    However certain locations, that could be close to a city centre may be required to fly in. But for this I’m getting the mavic 2 zoom to hopefully avoid that.


  29. Really Virtual on April 7, 2021 at 1:25 am

    A2COC can add up to a lot of money (£99 should be viewed as a minimum). Given my infrequent flying, I’m going to bow out of the hobby at this juncture. Without this qualification, and combined with local laws, I can’t think of a single place I can legally fly my drone in the Uk. It would be easier for the authorities to write the law in terms of where you can fly (rather than where you can’t) – that would be a very short document…. Plus, who is to say what new qualifications and restrictions will be required next year? RIP Mavic Air – I knew you well and had so much fun.

  30. David kennedy on April 7, 2021 at 1:25 am

    After watching your videos then taking the test I passed so thank you ,

  31. Dorset Drone Guy on April 7, 2021 at 1:26 am

    Prediction: they will release new controllers for legacy drones with better access to speed modes and extra notch for slow mode, then anyone with the new controller will qualify for the relevant c rating . That’s what I’d do if I was DJI to make a few quid quickly If the Caa permit it .

  32. DNSTAR03 on April 7, 2021 at 1:26 am

    Hi found your video very helpful thank you just have a question. With commercial flying you said you can use the mavic mini. I got the Mavic 2 pro can I use that commercial ?
    Ideally do the one day course.

  33. brian forward on April 7, 2021 at 1:26 am

    I fly fix wing how will the new laws affect me…. Been in Contact with the CAA NO REPLY

  34. Mark Thomas on April 7, 2021 at 1:28 am

    I just got my pfco a few weeks ago with Mavic Pro 2. What (if any) advantage would Mini2 give me, just the portablity and flying over people? So pfco wouldn’t cover me for flying over people with this?

  35. James Clark on April 7, 2021 at 1:29 am

    Great stuff, thanks again Paul for your explaining the complexity of the new drone regulations. In my opinion the better I understand the regs the safer it will be for me and other people I fly over. Please keep the vids coming very helpful. !!!! happy new Year

  36. Sam Clarke on April 7, 2021 at 1:32 am

    Hi will I need a operators ID if I was using a Potensic d58

  37. Kenneth Pearson on April 7, 2021 at 1:33 am

    Beaches are included in Recreational Areas. But some beaches are popular and can be crowded while others are remote and may be almost empty. Surely there should be some distinction between the two types.

  38. Classic Rock on April 7, 2021 at 1:35 am

    Not a drone operator myself, but hats off to the CAA, making money out of people using fresh air, the ultimate scam?.

  39. Wayleebird on April 7, 2021 at 1:35 am

    Great video, so would a pfco still stand until it expires?

  40. Ray Tillman on April 7, 2021 at 1:36 am

    So Joe Bloggs says, I want to take up aeromodelling as a new hobby, Then finds he has to be registered, can’t go to his local park or grassy space to fly, has to obtain qualifications etc etc. Joe Bloggs says Fcuk You! i’m taking up fishing. THIS IS THE DEATH OF AEROMODELLING as a hobby.

  41. Marcin Michalak on April 7, 2021 at 1:38 am

    Need to move to another country

  42. Flightpath Productions on April 7, 2021 at 1:39 am

    So can I fly a Mavic 2 pro out of my garden if I have the A2cofc?

  43. vrizwan on April 7, 2021 at 1:42 am

    What would I nerd for the holy stone hs510? I assume I can fly this near town centre and parks

  44. Dominic Townsend on April 7, 2021 at 1:43 am

    What if you have permission from the building/landowner to fly and film on the property? Do the rules still apply?

  45. dave Scopes on April 7, 2021 at 1:43 am

    All I need to know and do know is that there are so many rules. Laws. And regulations it’s almost pointless trying to fly a drone. I’ve got a nice Phantom drone and I’ve almost given up with it. I fly my radio controlled planes it’s just easier to be honest. But thank you for sharing your video 👍

  46. REDKN1GHT 19 on April 7, 2021 at 1:45 am

    I have a Mavic Air 2 if I do the A2 CofC can I fly in my city away from restricted zones, I live in Belfast?

  47. Rafael Barkhordarian on April 7, 2021 at 1:45 am

    With the mini 2 do you need a flyers ID I thought you only need the drone operator ID

  48. John Clarke on April 7, 2021 at 1:46 am

    Well done Paul thanks for going through the new rules. A video on the IRED course would be great.

  49. AwareWare on April 7, 2021 at 1:46 am

    Should the military-industrial complex have a role in deciding the issue of independent film making in a free society?….

  50. Gary 6511 on April 7, 2021 at 1:48 am

    These rules are all very fancy and complex. The problem is who is going to regulate them. The CAA states the police should take the lead because the police have the resources to do so. As a serving police officer I massively disagree. At the moment the police are drained by trying to deal with far more serious issue than someone not adhering to these rules. I would also say the vast majority of police officers would not have a clue in relation to the new regulations.

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