New guidance on drones
The CAA has issued new guidance notes on the operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).
The straightforward advice to anyone flying a UAS includes:
- You are legally responsible for the safe conduct of each flight. Take time to understand the rules; failure to comply could lead to a criminal prosecution.
- Before each flight check that your unmanned aircraft is not damaged, and that all components are working in accordance with the Supplier’s User Manual.
- You must keep the unmanned aircraft within your sight at all times.
- You are responsible for avoiding collisions with other people or objects, including aircraft. Do not fly your unmanned aircraft in any way that could endanger people or property.
- It is illegal to fly your unmanned aircraft over a congested area (streets, towns and cities). Also, stay well clear of airports and airfields.
- Don’t fly your unmanned aircraft within 50m of a person, vehicle, building or structure, or overhead groups of people at any height.
- Think about what you do with any images you obtain as you may breach privacy laws. Details are
available from the Information Commissioner's Office.
- If you intend to use an unmanned aircraft for any kind of commercial activity, you must get a ‘Permission’ from the CAA, or you could face prosecution.
Further details from the CAA link below . .