The Drone Code
Our guidelines for keeping safe
At Urban Flyers, keeping safe and abiding by the air law is always paramount. That is why at every workshop, event, and job we carry out, the Drone Code is always explained so as to keep everyone safe and within the law. It is important to know your responsibilities and liabilities whilst using a drone.
You can check these below:
If you are using a drone for personal use then you are governed by the Civilian Aviation Authority (CAA) Air Navigation Order 2016, specifically Article 241 (endangering the safety of any person or property), Article 94 (small unmanned aircraft) and Article 95 (small unmanned surveillance aircraft). This is the law and you can, and individuals have been, prosecuted for breaking it.
The new Drone Code is available to download at http://dronesafe.uk/ along with a useful Drone Assist App created by the CAA and air traffic control body National Air Traffic Service (NATS) to help individuals understand their responsibilities.
Alternatively, you can download it here:
Essentially your responsibilities are:
to know how to fly your drone safely, and do so within the law
to understand that the operator is legally responsible for every flight
to keep your drone in sight at all times – stay below 400ft
not to fly your drone over a congested area, never fly within 50 metres of a person, vehicle or building not under your control
ensure any images you obtain using the drone do not break privacy laws
avoiding collisions – you should never fly a drone near an airport or close to aircraft. It is a criminal offence to endanger the safety of an aircraft in flight
In summary, drone technology is extremely useful, great fun to use and is here to stay. But used wrongly it does pose a genuine hazard to manned aviation, so make sure you know the law, stay within the law and fly safe.