Every pilot should know this (Hobbyist or Commercial) -  The Drone code

UK Dronecode

Until their recent boom in popularity, drones were lumped in with ‘small unmanned aerial vehicles’ on the CAA's website and you had to try to figure out which rules applied to modern quadcopters.

Now, the site has a page dedicated to drones which outlines the most important rules. This is the basic Dronecode:

·       Keep your drone within your line of sight and at a maximum height of 400ft (122m)

·       Make sure your drone is within 500m from you horizontally

·       Always fly your drone well away from aircraft, helicopters, airports and airfields

·       If fitted with a camera, a drone must be flown at last 50m away from a person, vehicle, building or structure not owned or controlled by the pilot.

·       Camera-equipped drones must not be flown within 150m of a congested area or large group of people, such as a sporting event or concert

Many quadcopters, including DJI’s Phantom 4, are capable of flying much higher than the limit, so it’s easy to unwittingly break the law. The reason for choosing 400 feet, according to the CAA, is because this is generally what is measured as the limit of normal, unaided sight.

Horizontally, the limit on flying is 500 metres from you – considerably further than 400ft. In practice, it's easy to lose track of a drone at around 200-250m away from you. The important thing is to make sure you can see the drone you're controlling as you're responsible for it.

As long as you abide by these rules, you won’t get into trouble. There have only been a few cases so far of drone owners being prosecuted and they typically involve people blatantly flouting the rules.

If you would like more information on the drone code please follow this link. 


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