Drones have become a common sight in our skies offering a multitude of applications ranging from recreational photography to professional surveying and everything in between. However, with great power comes great responsibility, and as drone technology continues to evolve, so do the regulations governing their use. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in the United Kingdom has implemented a comprehensive set of rules and guidelines to ensure the safe and responsible operation of drones. In this blog post, we will explore the current CAA UK drone regulations, providing you with the information you need to fly your drone legally and responsibly.
Before delving into the specifics, it’s essential to understand the different categories of drone operation in the UK, as defined by the CAA:
For those operating drones in the Open Category, here are some of the key rules to keep in mind:
The Specific Category involves more complex operations and requires obtaining a specific CAA permission. It’s essential to adhere to the specific conditions set out in your permission, which may include additional safety measures and restrictions based on your operation. Read our article on how to become a Drone Pilot in the Special Category here.
As drone technology continues to advance, the CAA’s regulations are designed to ensure that drones are operated safely and responsibly in the UK. Whether you’re a recreational drone enthusiast or a professional pilot, understanding and following these regulations is crucial to avoid accidents, protect privacy, and maintain the integrity of our airspace.
Before taking to the skies with your drone, we strongly recommend visiting the official CAA website to stay up-to-date with the latest regulations and guidelines. You can find out all of the training FAQ’s on this page, but we’re also can be contacted here if you have any further questions.
Below you can find the full range of our Drone Training courses:
Ofqual-regulated GVC, A2 CofC, Flight Training and Assessment Drone Training Course.
RUAS Aerial Data Processing course is the next step in data capture for image processing of GIS data product generation through Agisoft Metashape.
The General Visual Line Of Sight Certificate (GVC) has been developed for the operation of a drone with a MTOM of <25kg within the Specific Category.
This Learning Plan includes both the A2 Certificate of Competency and the General VLOS Certificate combined at a reduced price.
The GVC Transition is specifically aimed at individuals who are already operating under the legacy PFCO or NQE prior to December 2020 and who need to re-qualify.
This course has been specifically designed for those who need guidance in preparing their Operations Manual in order to apply for an Operational Authorisation from the CAA.
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