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What are Drone Guidelines and where can I Fly? UK

In the UK, the rules and regulations regarding the use of drones are set by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Here are some general guidelines for where you can fly a drone in the UK:

  1. You must not fly a drone within 150 metres of a congested area or large group of people.

  2. You must not fly a drone within a radius of 50 metres of a person, vehicle, building, or structure not under your control.

  3. You must not fly a drone over a congested area or large gathering of people, such as a sports stadium or music festival.

  4. You must not fly a drone above 400 feet (120 meters) in altitude.

  5. You must not fly a drone within 1km of an airport or airfield.

  6. You must always maintain visual line of sight with your drone while flying and be able to visually see its orientation in the sky.

  7. You should always be aware of your surroundings and avoid flying near other aircraft, wildlife or sensitive areas such as nature reserves.

There is one vital step to complete before operatiring your drone. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) requires you to regiter to obtain a Flyer ID and Operator ID; your Operator ID must be clearly displayed on any drone under your control.

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It is also worth noting that there are some areas where drones are specifically prohibited, such as near military bases, nuclear power plants and prisons. It is important to check for any specific rules or restrictions that may apply to the area where you plan to fly your drone.

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