The Drone and Model Aircraft Code

For flying drones and model aircraft of 20kg or less outdoors in the UK
The Drone and Model Aircraft Code published and last updated dates
From: The Civil Aviation Authority (opens in a new window)
Published: October 2019
Last updated: October 2019

Flying safely and responsibly (Points 1 and 2)

General responsibilities.

1. You’re responsible for flying safely whenever you fly

As well as flying within the law, you should always be ready for something to go wrong with your drone or model aircraft. This is especially important if you fly your drone or model aircraft over people.

You could be fined for breaking the law when flying your drone or model aircraft.

In the most serious cases, you could be sent to prison.

2. Always keep your drone or model aircraft in direct sight and make sure you have a full view of the surrounding airspace

This is the best way to be sure of spotting any nearby hazards in the air or on the ground and avoiding collisions.

You must be able to see your drone or model aircraft without using:

  • binoculars
  • a telephoto lens
  • electronic viewing equipment, such as a smart phone, tablet or video goggles

Normal glasses and contact lenses are fine.

Always keep your drone in direct sight