New UK Drone Laws in 2017 & 2018
Consumer and commercial drone usage is a newly regulated area, therefore you may find that drone laws change or update regularly. In this section, we’ll take a look at the most recent drone laws, as well as any that may be enforced in the future to help you prepare for the changes.
Drone Safety Tests
In 2018, you will need to sit a drone safety test before you are allowed to fly your drone both recreationally and commercially.
Due to the increase in incidents where drones users have flown their UAVs into or near to aircrafts, the UK Government is aiming to clamp down on irresponsible drone users by introducing a safety test for those with drones weighing over 250g.
Mandatory Registry for Large UAVs
This legislation will work alongside an increase in police powers allowing law enforcement to order drone operators to ‘ground’ devices and produce registration documents when necessary. This is to further increase safety and promote responsible drone usage.
Ban on flying drones near airports
A new restriction due to be introduced in the 2018 drone bill, will prohibit the flying of drones near airports or above 400 feet in the air.
As well as this, you will need to use apps rather than straightforward remote control so that rules are readily accessible and so that drones will automatically detect when they are about to enter a no-fly zone and notify the user.