Until the recent growth in popularity drones had been lumped together with ‘small unmanned aerial vehicles’ on the CAA's Website, it was hard to figure out which rules applied.

They have now created a dedicated page for drones which outlines the important rules to follow when flying a drone. These are the basic rules to follow when flying a drone.

  • 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
Please follow the rules when flying and be respectful of the privacy of other people around you.