Should you be registered? Do you need insurance? Are there any drone rules?
Yes, it’s a bit confusing. With shop assistants dishing out confusing and outdated information here is a little article to provide a little clarity for you.
The CAA are making it easier to access information all the time and it is even easier to follow the rules.
Using drones for recreational fun?
If you are just using your drone for fun, ie family photography, holiday (in the UK) photography or anything activity that does not include any commercial flying then:
No – you do not need to be registered as yet
No – you do not need to complete a commercial pilot course
No – you do not need to be insured
Yes – you do need to adhere to the Drone Code
Yes – you do need to fly safely
Yes – you do need to be aware of your surroundings
Commercial Drone Operator?
If you want to earn your Permission for Commercial Operation (PfCO) to work for commercial gain with your drone, then:
You must be over 18
Yes – you must go through a training course with an approved NQE training company such as RUSTA, Heliguy, Coptrz
Yes – you must have insurance
Yes – you must be registered with the CAA
Yes – you must have produced your operations manual
Yes – you must log all your flying hours
Yes – you must record all aircraft maintenance
Whether you are a commercial or a recreational flyer you should be aware of the Air Navigation Order, especially articles 241, 94, 95, 2 and schedule 1.
Obviously there are a whole load of programs and apps that can help you plan your flights safely, but if you start with the information above then you will be heading in the right direction, safely!
Comments and feedback are always welcome at Air Focus.
As reported by Leo Kellon on BBC Technology, Zipline are starting delivery testing for blood and medicines by their Zip drone in Tanzania.
A fantastic use of drone technology benefiting sick patients in hard to reach areas with quick response times for urgent medication.
Read the story here:
Amazon have made their first delivery by drone in the UK, but is it really going to take off?
With limited air time due to battery life are we really going to see Amazon drones zig-zagging all over the sky delivering our precious orders?
This editor doesn’t think so. The trial is taking place in Oxfordshire and the first delivery was made to a house within 10 minutes of their Amazon Air warehouse. So, unless we all move to Oxfordshire, or Amazon roles out warehouses all over our lovely green and pleasant land i can’t see that this anything but hype for the company.
You can view their film of this sensational event at the following address:
Much as I am for utilising the technology as much as possible in the business world, the limited battery life, limited payload and laws relating to beyond line of site flying can only hamper this project, keeping it strictly limited to small items being delivered in a small radius of the actual warehouse.
Other, possibly better uses, are flying goods from a mobile platform to deliver to hard to access locations, which is a definite probability as small islands, houses up mountains and isolated or cut off locations – these are where the drone will really com into it’s own.
I can’t see Amazon building hundreds of ‘mini’ warehouses all over the country, let’s face it, do you really want that? Especially since they will only be able to delivery small gadgets, emergency rations or medication – you couldn’t put a Monopoly game on a drone after all!
I do wish them luck all the same.