Drone use is growing at a rapid rate in the UK and our skies are some of the busiest anywhere in the world.
Dronesafe.uk has been designed to help ensure that drone users in the UK can easily access the information they need about how to fly their drones safely and legally, without endangering others.
The revised code (November 2016) turns the five main safety tips into a mnemonic, spelling DRONE, to make it easier to remember:
Don’t fly near airports or airfields
Remember to stay below 120m (400ft) and at least 50m (150ft) away from people
Observe your drone at all times
Never fly near aircraft
In 2016 the CAA undertook industry-first research into drone user behaviour and attitudes towards responsible drone use and the future of drones generally: view/download the report.
You can find a list of approved commercial drone operators at: www.caa.co.uk/cap1361
You can find details about the requirements to fly a drone commercially from the CAA at www.caa.co.uk/Commercial-industry/Aircraft/Unmanned-aircraft/Unmanned-Aircraft/
The European Aviation Safety Agency have a drone safety video here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Xs_eVx4nuw
NATS has produced a useful feature with top tips to help you fly your drone safely. Read it at www.nats.aero/droneflyingtips
NATS have created this video to remind drone users of the checks drone pilots should go through before taking to the skies, showing how they compare to those undertaken by General Aviation pilots:
A great video on the basic drone regulations has been made by the First Person View drone association: