Rules regarding drones
In the first place, what are the Rules regarding drones?
As an illustration, you can currently, walk into a shop that sells drones and walk out with one with just a receipt. Consequently, you don’t have to leave an address or show that you have the competence to fly one.
As a result, is this a recipe for a possible disaster?
Drone Code Rules Regarding Drones
On purchasing the drone, you might receive a document that says Drone Code when you purchase your drone. Accordingly, this document gives useful information on the limits imposed on drone flyers within the rules regarding drones.
- Always keep the drone in sight.
- Always fly below 400ft from the ground
- Keep 50metres away from people and property
- Keep 150metres away from crowds and built-up areas
- You are responsible for every flight you make.
- Stay well away from aircraft, airports and airfields
From Nov 30th, 2019 all drones require registering (cost £9) with the CAA before they’re flown and the pilot has to have taken a drone test.
Sounds simple, doesn’t it?
What’s missing from the drone code.
Accordingly, pockets of areas around the UK restrict the flying of drones. Without the knowledge of knowing the whereabouts of these areas, trouble with a capital T could be on your doorstep.
In order to get a full picture, you need aviation charts (purchase from flightstore) and an app (NATS Drone Assist) that lets you know where the no go areas are. For this reason, you need both.
The charts tell you the height(s) and width the airspace restriction operates. Close to an airport, you may have airspace of the surface to 5000ft. Here you will require permission to fly.
As you move away from the flight line the airspace may be 2000ft to 5000ft. That being the case the height of 2000ft as the base allows the drone to fly at 400ft.
You may also have other restrictions on flying. An example of this is the New Forest. Here you will need commercial operator permission and a fee may be required to obtain permission.
Nats Drone Assist
In this case, this app gives information as to flight restrictions and hazards. It also gives you the areas you can fly in with caution.
Commissioning work responsibilities
As a result of these measures, it’s important to know that if you commission work the operator has commercial permission (PFCO). Current operators can be found on the CAA website.
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