2 – The Drone Code

What is the Drone Code

The drone code is guidance from the CAA – the Civil Aviation Authority on how to fly your drone safely.  The guidance must be followed by all who fly drones for leisure activities.  The drone code guidance is based on the Law.  The particular law that deals with drones is know as the Air Navigation Order (2016).  By following the drone code you will fly safely and not break the law ! If you do break the law through misuse of a drone you could be sent to prison for up to 5 years! So it is clearly in everyone’s interest to invest some time in learning how to fly your drone safely.

The Drone Code

  • Always keep your drone in sight
  • Stay below 400ft (120m) to comply with the drone code
  • Every time you fly you must follow the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Keep the right distance from people and property
  • You are responsible for each flight
  • Stay well away from aircraft, airports and airfields

The below link contains a copy of the Drone Code.


However, there is a lot more to consider behind the basic bullet points of the drone code.

Ask yourself;

Why do I need keep the drone in sight?

Why do I need to stay below 400ft?

The Drone code can leave a lot of questions unanswered but in the next lesson we will break each point down, to show you why it is important we comply with the drone code, and what we can do as Drone pilots to ensure our flights are both enjoyable and pose no threat to other Air Users and the Public.

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