Friday, December 28, 2018
10 Golden Rules to fly a drone safely


As one of the top drone training companies in the UK, Flyby Technology are recognised experts within the industry and were able to give informed, expert comment to national and international media on drones during the Gatwick crisis.  Our instructors have more than 600 YEARS flying experience between them and we are all uniquely placed as manned aviation pilot instructors as well as drone pilot instructors. Most of our brilliant team of instructors are either former RAF fighter pilots and we have put together the ultimate list for drone operators of 10 golden rules to follow.

Many of you may have received a drone for Christmas and it's vital you follow these safety rules to make sure you operate them in a safe manner. Whoever used drones at Gatwick Airport deliberately flouted several of these rules. Endangering the safety of an aircraft is a criminal offence which can lead to a prison sentence of up to five years.The Government passed legislation earlier this year making it illegal to fly a drone within 1km of an airport or airfield boundary in the UK. Flying higher than 400ft is also banned as it increases the risk of an accident with a manned aircraft. Anyone who breaks these rules faces unlimited fines and/or up to five years in jail.

So get clued up on your drone flight safety with these 10 golden rules:

1. No flight above 400ft from the surface. 2. No flight within 150m of a congested area.

3. No flight within 50m of people, property, vehicles or vessels not under your control.

4. No flight further than 500m  from the operator.

5. No person inside 30m on take-off and landing except the drone pilot or people under the pilot's control.

6. No flight inside 1km of the boundary of an aerodrome without permission.

7. No drone weighing 7kg or greater to fly in controlled airspace without permission.

8. Never fly unless you are satisfied the flight is safe to be made and always check the weather frequently throughout the day.

9. Always check the controls for the drone are working perfectly before every flight … even after a short break to change its battery.

10. Only look at the screen on the operating controls to frame a shot or to check how much power the battery has remaining. Flying the drone by looking at the screen is bad practice. You should be looking at your drone and scanning for incursions by aircraft 99% of the time.

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