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.


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


  1. AventurasRaúl on January 11, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    Magnifico trabajo en tus videos stay here. Merry Christmas Feliz Navidades

  2. Wayleebird on January 11, 2021 at 10:53 pm

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

  3. Cristiano Saturni on January 11, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    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!

  4. James Clark on January 11, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    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

  5. Zubair Akhtar on January 11, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    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

  6. Dave Kew on January 11, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    Hi Paul, the new drone codes states you can fly a dji mini 2 in a city including parks and fly closer to people, even cover them. I’m I interpreting this correctly?

  7. Оксана Петренко on January 11, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    Still can not understand clearly, going to buy mavic mini,so is it possible to fly at city centre for example over places of interest ?

  8. PD Tech on January 11, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    Nice info! How long before the CAA realise they’ve dropped a bollock on the Mavic Mini and Mini 2 being allowed to fly virtually anywhere!!
    I’ll give it 3 months before they amnend the rules yet again lol😮🤔😁😎👍

  9. Sam Clarke on January 11, 2021 at 11:01 pm

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

  10. Pete Thomas on January 11, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    Thank you Paul for going through it all for us, for people like me (attention span of a nat) it helps a great deal. My only gripe was I missed CAA Bob lol. ATB Pete

  11. johnny mac26 on January 11, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    i think we done ok i have a mavic air and a mini i fly about my area i also have a phantom 2 which i would never fly near buildings or people im not that great at flying as i have arthritis in my hands and a "flymo" buzzing overhead not a great idea common sense really.

  12. Robert Gould on January 11, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    Hi if I renew my operators ID do I have to take the test again

  13. Lolnfy on January 11, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    The towns council near me has banned using drones over ‘council land’ without an impossibly tedious permit process. I assume this is a blanket ban for even the mini 2? I checked the policy online which doesn’t mention any specifics other than ‘drones’. Also pretty hard to tell what council land is lol.

    I live in a quiet area of town but not really sure what the specifics of ‘council land’ would be, whether this includes roads maintained by them etc.. I’m new to this so it’s quite confusing at the minute!

  14. RANDOM DRONE FOOTAGE on January 11, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    Thanks for going through this.

  15. Ray Tillman on January 11, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    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.

  16. brian forward on January 11, 2021 at 11:08 pm

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

  17. John Clarke on January 11, 2021 at 11:09 pm

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

  18. Luke Padfield on January 11, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    So… The CAA has created the ability for me to fly the Mavic Mini everywhere I want to, by accident… I think that’s doable!

  19. Kenneth Roberts on January 11, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    I have a dji mini 2.
    I have bmfa achievement certs A and B.
    According to the bmfa I do not need a flyer I’d.
    According to the CAA I need to register my drone and get a flyer I’d.
    I have an operators I’d which I pay for via the bmfa.
    So do I need to register the drone via the CAA or not as I think all drones that are not toys have to be.
    It’s just more confusion.

  20. Nomad1c_vegan on January 11, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    Thanks for the updated info Paul! 👍

  21. John Hutchinson on January 11, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    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. Richard Warwick on January 11, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    Just a little additional information. If you are a member of an association (BMFA, FPVUK, etc.) then some of these rules can be mitigated. For example you can fly at parks and over uninvolved people at a minimum distance of 30m. This comes under ‘Article 16 Authorisation’ which was announced only recently. You can just join the BMFA or FPVUK without joining a club or flying with them.

  23. JohnnyReiTV on January 11, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    I just bought a Mavic mini 2 and registered it for £9 at CAA. Does this mean that I can fly it in central London in a restricted zone or do I need further permissions? Thanks for the info.

  24. Lindsay Heyes on January 11, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    That’s a great breakdown Paul, and much needed by the community. I guess a lot if people will be re-running it a few times to pick out what they need. Without content like this, anybody with a literacy problem would find the new rules really tough to grasp.

    Nobody has made a video on flight planning btw… well, nothing humorous or with the new rules. Happy Christmas 🎄 and thanks for all the great content 😀

  25. DRONEZONE on January 11, 2021 at 11:18 pm

    Hi if me myself is in a red zone as I’m standing in a red zone can I fly my drone as long as I can see my drone…. Thanks

  26. Marcin Michalak on January 11, 2021 at 11:19 pm

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

  27. D Cliffe on January 11, 2021 at 11:19 pm

    lucky i fly a quad copter and not a drone lol

  28. Glen Smith on January 11, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    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.

  29. RagNDroneMan UK on January 11, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    Great work as always Paul and kudos for you for the research you have put into this video.
    My heart dropped in the 1st segment of the video but, like you say the category for the sub 250g drones looks pretty good.
    Kinda looking forward to what drones we see in the future now manufacturers know more about the c class system.
    Definately going to be registering this month now and looking forward to upgrading to the mini 2 some time next year, early i hope! 🤞😃👍
    Merry Christmas fella if I dont see another video from you before, happy new year. You’ll be 5k, atleast, by this time next year (should be already imho).
    When you gonna do the merch thing??
    All the best buddy 👍👍

  30. Mark Thomas on January 11, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    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?

  31. madpoet on January 11, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    How do they define C0 toy drones? I build my own sub 250g drones, personally I would classify them as toys, since I use them for enjoyment and fly them on my own farm land for non commercial reasons. It will be interesting to see how these regulations change as things work there way through the courts.

  32. Classic Rock on January 11, 2021 at 11:26 pm

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

  33. Alex Lawson on January 11, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    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?

  34. Dave Kew on January 11, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    Hi Paul, could you clarify whether Child under 13 needs a flyers id to fly a dji mini 2 being accompanied by an adult with an operators id in the uk?

  35. Kenneth Pearson on January 11, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    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.

  36. Neil Barnes on January 11, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    Superb. You’ve just very succinctly answered a lot of the questions I had. Thank you.

  37. philip Chambers on January 11, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    Another good informative Video Paul very good

  38. Paul Adams on January 11, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    Hi, thanks for this and other videos. As the proud owner of new Mini 2 (my first drone) can I ask you for your view on the following? If I were to use my Mini to take aerial photos and video on a commercial site, as part of a video case study we might be filming, as I’m not receiving payment, can I get away with no insurance as long as I have permission to fly from the site owner 🤔

  39. Pete Sloan on January 11, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    Another great video, thanks for the time you put into researching all this, Paul – it really is appreciated. Very clear and easy to understand.

    I’ve just bought the Mini 2 and also signed up to the A2 CofC, as I want to improve my overall knowledge of the drone world.

    Looking forward to your next video on how you found the A2 CofC.

    Thanks again 👍🏼

  40. Gary 6511 on January 11, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    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.

  41. Graham Blair on January 11, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    Not sure about my mjx bugs7, although sub 250g it has a camera! Do I need to register and get an operator id???? Cheers.

  42. Traveler Greg on January 11, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    Great vlog and very interesting information for a drone operators. Greetings and thanks for sharing. Have a good Sunday. 👍

  43. Marcin Michalak on January 11, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    Need to move to another country

  44. DD HH on January 11, 2021 at 11:46 pm

    Driving a car and passing the driving test is far easier than trying to fly a drone up and down in a park,its probably easier to get my pilots license and fly a boeing ,jeez i just want to have a bit of fun down the park with my drone and take a few scenic shots in the beautiful national parks,im not interested in other people,military bases,airports or even council buldings.

  45. zenoist2 on January 11, 2021 at 11:47 pm

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

  46. Really Virtual on January 11, 2021 at 11:47 pm

    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.

  47. Wade Lowther on January 11, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    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?

  48. DNSTAR03 on January 11, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    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.

  49. AwareWare on January 11, 2021 at 11:52 pm

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

  50. Kombat Tee on January 11, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    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 😁

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