Drone laws set to change (again!)

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UK drone laws have been subject to regular changes. Last year the government introduced a new law, restricting all drones from flying above 400 feet and within 1 kilometre of airport boundaries.

From March 13 2019, it’s now illegal to fly a drone within 5km of an airport − up from 1km.

If a camera is attached to your drone, you must keep 150ft (50m) from people and properties and 500ft (150m) from crowds and built up areas.

Changes came into effect to help ensure the model aircrafts, which hover in the air, are used safely and responsibly.

Are the laws set to change again?

From November 30 2019, drone operators (of drones 250g-20kg in mass) will have to register their device with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and take an online safety test. Anyone who fails to register or sit the competency tests could face fines of up to £1000.

The government has proposed the implementation of a ‘Drones Bill’ to provide the police with the power to gain evidence from drone users if they suspect that an offence has been committed and to provide fixed fines for minor offences.

The Civil Aviation Authority will open the registration on drones with effect from 1st October 2019 with a proposed annual charge of £16.50.

In addition, you need to register with the CAA if you’re planning to use your drone for “commercial purposes” – this may sound like it doesn’t apply to you, but it extends to things like monetising your YouTube channel or personal blog.

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