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Drone Law

Which Drones Need To Be Registered In The UK?

The UK’s new Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Scheme has gone live today. The new regulations apply to drones and model aircraft from 250g to 20kg that are used outdoors. So that means that DJI’s recently-released Mavic Mini does not need to be registered, as it weighs 249g, but you still need to follow the Drone Code, which promotes safe flying. Here is a guide to some of the most popular drones on the market which need to be registered. Drone Registration – A Guide DJI Spark The... Read More

30/10/2019

New DJI Mavic Mini Drone Under 250g And Exempt From UK and USA Registration

DJI launches DJI Mavic Mini drone, weighing 249g, placing it in the lowest and safest weight class of drones; Because it is under the 250g threshold, no need to register the drone under UK and USA laws; Mavic Mini costs £369, while the Combo is priced £459; Highlights include 30 minute flight time, up to 4km HD Video Transmission, 3-axis gimbal supporting 12MP images, and an array of smart photography modes; Pre-order yours from Heliguy now. Early bird 20% discount on Repair Refresh is also available. DJI has unveiled the... Read More

23/10/2019
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Controversial UK Drone Registration Fee Reduced

Proposed annual UK Drone Registration Fee cut from £16.50 to £9 Exemptions for some drone users means they won’t have to sit online competency test Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Service opens on November 5 New UK laws apply to anyone responsible for a drone or unmanned aircraft (including model aircraft) weighing between 250g and 20kg that are used outdoors A controversial plan to charge UK drone users £16.50 a year has been reduced, following pressure from the industry. In April, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) released a... Read More

07/06/2019
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Drone users can now report unjustified restrictions

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has launched an online form for drone users to report cases where access to airspace has been unjustly denied. The Airspace Access Reporting Form has been unveiled following the amendment of the Air Navigation Order 2016 earlier this year. In April, the CAA issued guidance to Aerodrome Operators and Air Traffic Service Units to assist with making decisions about issuing permission for UAS (unmanned aircraft systems) operations within their Flight Restriction Zones (CAP 1788) on the grounds of aviation safety, security interests or any other... Read More

08/01/2019

New UK drone legislation announced

New legislation will give police extra powers to tackle illegal drone use, while the Government has vowed to work on ways to detect and repel UAVs in sites like airports and prisons. Under these plans, the exclusion zone around protected airport boundaries is set to be extended from 1km to 5km. However, in an important nod to the industry, Aviation Minister Baroness Liz Sugg has gone on the record to say that drones are ‘already being used to great effect’ by keeping people safe and driving more efficient ways of working. For... Read More

24/12/2018

UAV for Christmas: Your guide to drone regulations

It’s Christmas, and Santa Claus might have left a new drone underneath your tree. If this is the case, then there’s a good chance that you can’t wait to take it out of the box and start your first flight. After all, owning a UAV is exciting –  they’re fun to fly and you can capture some great images and footage. But before you take to the skies, it’s very important that you understand the rules and regulations about using a drone to ensure that your flight is enjoyable, legal... Read More

20/08/2018

CAA Release ANO Amendment

The CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) has released information on another industry-changing amendment to the Air Navigation Order 2016 titled Small Unmanned Aircraft – Night Operations and Operations within Congested Areas by SUA Operators holding Permissions issued prior to 30 July 2018. This change update allows any SUA operator with permissions from the CAA granted on or before the 30/07/2018 to operate at night and over or within 150 metres of a congested area. Several conditions must be met in order to apply to these new articles. These include the following:... Read More

27/07/2018
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Industry Changing CAA Announcement for PfCO Holders

Following the recently announced changes to the Air Navigation Order 2018, the CAA today announced some additional exciting news for existing Small Unmanned Aircraft (SUA) Operators. From the 30th July 2018, the following changes will come into effect: A reduction on the classes of SUA from 4 to 2; 0-20kg Multirotor and 0-20kg Fixed Wing A standard PfCO now permits the operation of a 7-20kg SUA in congested areas to within 50m which previously SUA in such class were limited to a distance of 150m Night operations will be automatically... Read More

26/07/2018
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UK Government Suggest New Drone Legislation

Following on from the recent amendment to the CAA’s Air Navigation Order 2016 and upcoming Drone Bill, the Department for Transport have today announced further measures that may be introduced. The government is set to consult on new measures including the following: Police may be able to issue on-the-spot-fines to drone rule breakers Police may be able to seize drones if necessary A minimum age may be set for drone pilots – age mentioned is 18 A decision will be made on whether the set distance of 1km from an... Read More

20/07/2018
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New UK Drone Laws Announced – Updated

The UK Department for Transport have just announced a set of new drone laws for UK drone pilots. These new rules will cover several areas including the banning of drones exceeding 400 feet, banning drones within 1 kilometre of airports as well as drone registration and online tests for drones above 250 grams. The rules will come into effect in the Summer of 2018 and Winter of 2019. Keep reading to find out more about the new laws and how they will affect your drone use. UK Drone Laws –... Read More