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.