Drone rules and regulations are very different depending on a few key things:
? What type of drone you have
? Where you fly that drone
? Whether you fly for business or pleasure
If you’ve already watched our video, you will know that there are a few things that you need to do by law if you fly a drone that weighs between 250g and 20kg outside in the UK.
If this applies to you, regardless of whether you are flying for fun or to make money, you need to pass the free online CAA theory test and register your drone or you could be fined or in the most serious cases, sent to prison. But never fear! The team of experts at Flyby have put together these clear instructions detailing what you need to do by law before you operate your drone...
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Below are the 4 steps to being a responsible and legal drone owner and allows you to fly your drone for fun. If you want to learn more or like the idea of joining the drone industry as a professional pilot, Flyby provide top quality training throughout the UK to enable you to make money from flying drones.
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It really depends on where you want to fly your drone and for which of the two purposes you mentioned. Firstly, the DJI Mavic Air 2 is a Legacy aircraft, as far as the new regulations are concerned. Being < 2 kg mass it will allow fun and work within the A2 (Fly Near) sub category of the Open Category as long as you hold an A2CofC, a Remote Pilot competence certificate. As you have completed the online CAA, DEMARES, procedure, you will just need to read the User’s manual. What the A2CofC course does is to embolden the knowledge you would already have obtained so far. This will be given by our highly qualified training pilots on CAA-required aviation subjects via online presentations. On completion of the presentations, an online 30 question, multiple choice of answers, test will need to be completed. You will also need to conduct a self-practical training package set out to Flyby Standards and sign for it. Flyby will then award you the CAA approved A2CofC to fly down to 50 metres from uninvolved people in any flying you undertake anywhere. The distances can be reduced, particularly within your agricultural operations, because you would be working with people as part of that type of operation. However, there will be other safety considerations, which will be pointed out during the course. The A2CofC normally lasts for 5 years but because you have a legacy aircraft, unless you purchase a C2 UK (CE) marked aircraft you would have to move to operations within the A3 (Fly Far) sub category i.e. no flights nearer than 150 m horizontally to congested areas. Upgrading to GVC then may be a better option as it allows you to continue with your present drone or buying one of the new C2 aircraft within your A2CofC boundaries.
All Pilot Competence qualifications require tests. The Basic one is online with the CAA as part of DEMARES. Therefore, the Flyby A2CofC has a 30 question, multiple choice answer, test which can all be completed online through a Proctoring service to ensure the CAA regulations are followed. There is no distinction between commercial or hobby flights under the new regulations. It is all about risk based operations and the Flyby A2CofC course will cover the stipulated CAA structure but also the Air Law, which was not included. This course will prepare you much better than the minimum requirements because we take the view “Train Hard, Fight Easy”. The last thing you need to be concerned about when flying is wondering if you are following the rules – that’s too late.
If the areas you want to fly are completely isolated you can happily fly within the A3 (Fly Far) sub category of the Open Category. You would need to read the User’s manual, complete the CAA training, pass the CAA theoretical test for Flyer ID and register as an UAS Operator, all via the CAA DEMARES pages on their website. However, if you would wish to fly nearer i.e. within 150 metres, of any congested areas, defined as residential, commercial, industrial or recreational areas then you would need an A2CofC. Further details on the course are on the Flyby website.