Civil Aviation Authority Release Drone safety Guidance24 July 2015 | Simon Dixey
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) have released a video and safety guide for drone operators in the UK.
They want to convey to drone operators that "when you fly a drone in the UK it is your responsibility to be aware of the rules that are in place to keep everyone safe."
The guidelines are essentially a highly condensed version of the CAA's existing rule set. Currently, the guidelines are:
- 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.
Also, if your drone is fitted with a camera or other recording device, the following additional regulations are applicable, you may not fly:
- within 50 meters of people, vehicles, buildings or structures.
- over congested areas or large gatherings such as concerts and sports events.
The guidelines follow an incident in 2014 when a drone flew within 20 feet of a commercial airliner landing at Heathrow Airport.
The guidelines are simply a reminder to fly safely and be conscious of your surroundings.
You can view the full animated video and more information here.