Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Regulations
All drone activity in the UK is governed and regulated by the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) and commercial operators must be able to provide evidence of their 'Permission for Commercial Operation' and insurance documents. Qualified drone pilots are required to pass theory and practical flight exams before submitting a thorough 'Operations Manual' to the CAA for assessment, it is only then that 'Permissions for Commercial Operation' will be granted.
Drone operators who cannot provide these 'permissions' and insurance details are working illegally. It is therefore vital when choosing a drone operator that they can demonstrate they are qualified to undertake the work and understand the safety and regulatory issues. The CAA's restrictions are very detailed but we've provided a summary below.
- Permission from the landowner is required for take-off and landing.
- Urban environments are classified as 'congested areas' and as such special restrictions apply.
- We are not permitted to fly over people, buildings or roads that are not under our control.
- Local air traffic control must be informed of our flight plans if we are not flying in airspace G.
- Maximum flight height of 400ft, maximum distance of 500m.
- The aircraft must be in VLOS (visual line of site) at all times.
- A thorough pre-deployment and onsite survey must be undertaken together with a risk assessment.
- All aircraft must be fitted with a fail safe 'return to home' function in case of an emergency.
These are requirements that our team deal with on a daily basis and not something you have to worry about.
If you'd like to have a chat about any of this feel free to get in touch.