UK’s CAA updates guidelines for commercial drones


The UK's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has unveiled an updated set of guidelines for commercial drones in order to help users conduct a safe and legal flight.

Based on the country’s Dronecode regulations and research that evaluates user behaviour and responsible use of drones, the updated guidelines have mandated the users not to fly their drones near airports or airfields.

"The research shows that the public have understandable concerns about reported drone misuse to date, and demonstrate clearly why the current education programme is underway."

Conducted by the CAA and strategic insight agency Opinium, the research has found that 91% of the public interviewed believe that adherence to the Dronecode is important.

According to the research, only 39% of drone users are aware of Dronecode, which was launched last year.

In addition, the revised Dronecode has urged pilots to stay below 400ft and at least 150ft away from buildings and people.

It has further asked pilots to observe their drones at all times and not to fly near aircraft.

CAA policy director Tim Johnson said: “Consumer research on this scale into drone use has never been done before and there was a real need from the aviation and drone industries to find out more about this growing sector.

“The research shows that the public have understandable concerns about reported drone misuse to date, and demonstrate clearly why the current education programme is underway, backed by legal action when appropriate.

“Drones have significant potential and the new Dronecode, which forms the basis of establishing a responsible attitude toward drone flight amongst consumers, will help to protect the safety of the wider aviation industry. It will also help those expected to use drones to improve current operations, from farming to traffic, from healthcare to logistics. Ultimately, people must use their drones safely and responsibly.”

Along with the UK’s air traffic control body NATS, the agency has launched a new website, including the new Dronecode.