The Do’s and Don’ts of Flying a UAV
Use of drones or UAVs for monitoring and survey purposes is quickly becoming a useful and popular tool for businesses in the UK. However there is a lot of confusion around drone flying regulations as they have only just been proposed by the House of Lords in March 2015.
There are designated no-fly zones already in operation for aircraft, but it’s still unclear as to where exactly civilians can fly their unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), so we have summarised the rules for you below.
What is a no-fly zone?
In the UK, there are several types of airspace in which you cannot fly a drone, and these are known as “no fly zones”.
Controlled Airspace: You cannot fly aircraft at airports, aerodromes or in the areas surrounding these places.
Prohibited Areas: These are areas where the government has prohibited any type of aircraft from entering the airspace, and the reasons are mostly not public.
Restricted Areas: Aircraft are not allowed to fly over restricted areas such as prisons and nuclear power plants.
Danger Areas: There are areas in the UK that are set aside for military weapons or pilot training, as well as the testing of military technology such as GPS jamming exercises.
Where can you fly a drone?
UAVs have to be flown at least 50m away from people, vehicles, buildings or structures, and they cannot be flown over groups of people at any height. You also have to make sure that you keep the drone within your line of sight, and you have to bear in mind the existing privacy laws in the UK.
How does Off Grid Solutions operate its UAVs safely and legally?
Off Grid Solutions are fully licensed by the CAA and all of our pilots are fully BNUCS qualified. All of our projects are carried out following the strict safety guidelines set out by the CAA. Each project is fully assessed prior to work commencing and the appropriate bodies are informed of operations. We carry out weather checks and monitor conditions continuously throught the project to ensure that safety is the highest priority.
For more information please visit the CAA website: https://www.caa.co.uk/Commercial-Industry/Aircraft/Unmanned-aircraft/Unmanned-Aircraft/