Popularly known as drones, but also referred to as remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) they come in a variety of shapes and sizes, ranging from small handheld types up to large aircraft, potentially a similar size to airliners.
Just like any other aircraft, an unmanned aircraft must always be flown in a safe manner, both with respect to other aircraft in the air and also to people and properties on the ground.The CAA’s primary aim is to enable the full and safe integration of all UAS operations into the UK’s total aviation system.
Our Dronecode contains simple steps for flying your drone safely and legally.
You may need a permission and this will depend on where you plan to fly the drone.
Please see our guidance below that explains when this is required and what you need to do.
If you want to use a drone for non-commercial work and are unsure whether you need a permission, please see our
This may be of particular relevance to public sector organisations, charities and NGOs.
If you are looking for a drone operator to use for an event or job, you can access details below:
Please note, these companies are only approved from a safety perspective and the CAA does not take any responsibility for the quality of their work.
Regulations relating to drones and unmanned aircraft
Changes to the Air Navigation Order affecting unmanned aircraft
EASA Geo-Limitation Task Force Report
EASA Drone Collision task Force Report
Anyone using a drone has to follow some
basic safety rules to ensure that members of the public are protected.
Drone operators must also respect the privacy of people on the ground. More information on this is available from
the Information Commissioner’s Office.
If you have any concerns about drones being used in your area, either from a safety or privacy perspective, contact your local police on 101.
The CAA does not investigate complaints of drone misuse.
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