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UK Drone Laws

Drone laws vary in different countries. As part of the UK drone laws 2019, that became effective on 30th November 2019; if your drone weighs over 250 grams, you will need to register to fly with the CAA in the UK. Although there are speculations about how the new drone laws in the UK will impact pilots but we welcome new regulations that protect operators, other people and infrastructures. At the moment you need two types of licenses if you own a drone that weighs between 250g - 20kg:

  • You need to take an online theory test to get your Flyer ID; costing just £9.
  • You must also register to get an Operator ID

Weighing under 250g, DJI Mavic Mini and SG907 drones are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. With these drones, you will be within UK drone laws under 250g, which means they can be flown without the need for registration as a hobbyist.

If you want to fly commercially, meaning you will use your drone to generate some form of income; you will need to take the PfCO CAA (Permission for Commercial Operations) exam. Make sure to familiarise yourself with the Drone Code and the Drone Registration Scheme before you fly a drone in the UK.


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