• 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
See the quick-start
on flying drones for fun and the video above that explains the basic rules.
You are responsible for each flight
are legally responsible for the safe conduct of each flight.
Take time to understand the rules - failure to comply could lead to a
BEFORE each flight, check drone for damage
Before each flight check that your unmanned aircraft is not damaged,
and that all components are working in accordance with
the Supplier’s User Manual
Drone is in sight at all times
You must keep the
unmanned aircraft within your sight at all times.
YOU are responsible for avoiding collisions
You are responsible for avoiding collisions
with other people or objects - including aircraft.
Do not fly your unmanned aircraft in any way that could endanger people or property.
Keep your distance
It is illegal to fly your unmanned aircraft over a congested area (streets, towns and cities).
Also, stay well
clear of airports and airfields.
Keep your distance 50 metres
Don’t fly your unmanned aircraft within 50m of a person, vehicle, building
or structure, or overhead groups of people at any height.
Consider rights of privacy
Think about what you do with any images you obtain
as you may breach privacy laws.
Details are available from the Information Commissioner's Office
Permission to use drones for paid
If you intend to use an unmanned aircraft for any kind of commercial activity, you must get a ‘Permission’ from the Civil Aviation
Authority, or you could face prosecution.