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Drones - Dos and Don'ts

About drones

A drone usually weighs under 20kg and is therefore defined as a ‘Small Unmanned Aircraft’ and according to the regulations are exempt from the majority of rules normally applicable to manned aircraft. But there are rules that you must be aware of. Hobbyists should familiarise themselves with the Civil Aviation Authority’s Dronecode. They have a quick start safety guide as well as an animated guide.

Hobbyists should familiarise themselves with the Civil Aviation Authority’s Dronecode

Do

  • Make sure you can see your drone at all times
  • Keep your drone away from aircraft, helicopters, airports and airfields
  • Use your common sense and fly safely; you could be prosecuted if you don't

Don’t (unless you have been given express permission by the CAA)

  • Fly in congested areas
  • Fly close to people or property
  • Fly for aerial work purposes
  • Fly beyond your line of sight
  • Fly higher than 400 feet

If your drone is fitted with a camera:

Don’t fly it within 50 metres of people, vehicles, buildings or structures, over congested areas or large gatherings such as concerts and sports events.

CAA's Official Advice Slip

CAA Drone Code

  • Make sure you can see your drone at all times and don't fly higher than 400 feet
  • Always keep your drone away from aircraft, helicopters, airports and airfields
  • Use your common sense and fly safely; you could be prosecuted if you don't

Drones fitted with cameras must not be flown:

  • Within 50 metres of people, vehicles, buildings or structures
  • Over congested areas or large gatherings such as concerts and sports events

CAA Rules