Information associated with the operation of Model Aircraft
CAP 658 - "Model Aircraft: A Guide to Safe Flying" is a comprehensive source of information regarding model aircraft. It defines the relevant rules and regulations and provides information on the following topics:
Please refer to the Unmanned Aircraft webpage for more information about unmanned aircraft and aerial work flying.
The Large Model Association (LMA) run an "over 20 kg" scheme for model aircraft. Enquiries regarding this scheme should be made directly to the LMA.
Organisers of flying displays or competitions will need to establish whether a CAA Exemption is required.
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Air traffic control permission is not required for model aircraft below 7 kg. However, the relevant air traffic control should be consulted at least 28 days prior to the event.
Air traffic control permission is required for model aircraft of 7 kg or more. The relevant air traffic control should be consulted at least 28 days prior to the event.
Permission must be obtained from the CAA for model aircraft over 7 kg to be flown over 400 ft above ground level.