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Thursday, 1 Dec 2016

CAA Dronecode gets update to promote safe and responsible flying

Are you expecting a drone in your stocking this Christmas? There is a set of rules and guidelines to remember before you get started.

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has issued a revised Dronecode in anticipation of the ‘millions getting a drone this year’.

There are five key rules to help people fly unmanned aircraft within UK law, and they are easy to remember as they spell DRONE:

  • Don’t fly near airports or airfields
  • Remember to stay below 400ft (120m) and at least 150ft (50m) away from buildings and people
  • Observe your drone at all times
  • Never fly near aircraft
  • Enjoy responsibly

A new website – dronesafe.uk – has been launched in partnership with UK air traffic control body NATS as part of the initiative.

The updates come after research from the CAA claimed only 39% of drone users knew of the Dronecode, which has been around since 2015.

This year has also seen a high number of near misses involving drones.

The report found that 36% of people buying drones received guidance on safe flying. The CAA and NATS are working with retailers to ensure education becomes a standard element of the point of sale.

Andrew Sage of NATS said: ‘Drones are an incredible, inspiring technology but it’s vital that people are using them safely.

‘With the number of reported drone incidents on the rise, it’s important people understand their legal obligations.’

In another move to encourage safe drone use, the CAA has recently launched a photography and videography competition, 400ft Britain.

 

PHOTO: Kiva Duckworth-Moulton, Flickr CC2.0

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2 Dec 16
Michael Mc Mullin I feel that any drone that has the capability of being flown outside - which includes racing drones, should be registered with the CAA. I feel that a registration number should be issued and displayed on the drone, along with the contact details.
2 Dec 16
Steve Clarke And I feel that I will not comply. The CAA has zero jurisdiction below fifty feet, except to abjure the full sized stuff absolutely from ever going below fifty feet of separation form the ground or any vessel building or structure. So there is no need
2 Dec 16
Steve Clarke for yet another regulation where doubtless a paper handliing fee will attach itself. And when writing a drone code, those high priced regulators at the CAA couln't even think to add gudance along the line of ALWAYS ATTACH A VALID PHONE NUMBER!
2 Dec 16
Edmund Comber I feel that every Human Being, capable of being allowed outside, should be registered with a national autority. I feel that a registration number should be branded on their forehead along with the contact details.
2 Dec 16
Dave Cockburn Steve you are an idiot and obviously do not know what you are talking about. Aircraft have a 500 ft rule not 50 ft. That is why drones should stay below 400 ft. Good separation - get it ? It is irresponsible people like you that cause accidents.
2 Dec 16
Steve Clarke Whilst I am indeed an idiot, (thanks for noticing, Dave, birds of a feather and all that) I feel you are mixing apples and oranges. Read my post again, and if you still feel that way, I won't hold it against you..
3 Dec 16
john holdcroft One major problem is how anyone can accurately judge whether a drone is above 400ft, unless there is an altitude indicator on the control unit
3 Dec 16
Antony Alcock I think quite honestly DRONES should only be used for Millitary purposes, NOT for private use, as there is definitely going to be an accident somewhere along the line.
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