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CAA CAP 1202 – You Have Control – UAV Safety Notice

CAP 1202 UAV Safety You Have Control

In the interest of promoting UAV safety and the legal and responsible flying of unmanned multirotor aircraft the CAA have issued CAP (Civil Aviation Publication) 1202 – “You Have Control”.  If you’re new to the world of quadcopters, hexacopters, octocopters, helicopters, and fixed wing unmanned aerial vehicles then this guide should serve as a useful reminder of the very basics in terms of operational limits.

You can download a copy direct from the CAA’s website here.  The leaflet has been reproduced in its entirety below.

For a more thorough understanding of the CAA rules and regulations regarding the operation of unmanned aircraft in the UK’s airspace you will also need to study sections 166 and 167 of CAP 393 (Air Navigation: The Order and the Regulations), and CAP 722, both of which can be retrieved from the CAA’s website.  It’s recommended that you check the site for the latest copy on a frequent basis and register for the free subscription service which will inform you of any changes to the regulations for unmanned aviation, UAS, and drones generally.

CAP 1202 UAV Safety You Have ControlCAA CAP 1202 – You Have Control – UAV Safety Notice

6 Benefits of Flying Drones, UAV

Drone Aerial Photography

DJI-Inspire-1-ControllerHere are six benefits of flying drones, UAVs and other unmanned aircraft.  These advantages may not be the first thing you think of when you buy your own multirotor or fixed wing aircraft.

  1. Learning a new skill.  Perhaps you have plenty of RC model flying experience.  Perhaps you have none at all.  Either way, flying a Phantom or some other quadcopter well takes a little practice, and flying a hexacopter or octocopter takes lots of practice to become skilled and safe.  All this learning is marked by milestones and as you reach each one you can be sure of a boost to your self esteem and confidence.  Enjoy the experience of learning not only how to fly them but also how to use all the software written especially for them.
  2. Gaining new friends and acquaintances.  Once you being flying your drone anywhere you will probably attract the attention of curious bystanders and passers-by who want to know more about the aircraft, how high & fast it goes, and how much it costs.  These strangers may become acquaintances and later on, friends with whom you fly or mix with socially.  Then there are online forums and groups in social media where new connections can be made.
  3. Old Wincheter Hill 2014-06-14 09.10.53Fresh air and exercise.  As your flying progresses you’ll start to look for more locations.  You’ll want to not only compare the differences in flying, for example, next to the sea with that of flying in open pasture or on a hill.  All this means you’ll have to get off the sofa, get out of car and walk, and you’ll probably be carrying a rucksack containing not only your quadcopter but also your lunch and perhaps other essentials like sun cream and a fold-up chair.  The physical effort of reaching some locations and seeing the view is an advantage in itself.
  4. Appreciation of nature and the four seasons.  Following on from No.3 you’ll find that you might return to the same locations at different times of the year to take more pictures and video footage.  See the changing seasons unfold, note the way the landscape, the flora and the fauna change as the months pass.  Try arriving at different times of the day and in varying weather.  Some great shots can be achieved from the top of the hill soon after dawn when there is still mist clinging to the rivers and fields in the valleys below.
  5. DJI Inspire 1 ScreenBecome an expert in a new technology.  New gadgets often create a buzz and spark interest, but the world of unmanned aviation is large and growing rapidly.  It’s hard to predict where things will be in two, five, or ten years time.  It may be that the drone age has just been born and that in decades to come they will be as commonplace as the internet and mobile phones are now.  You can become one of the pioneers in this field.
  6. Increase your employment prospects.  The rapid growth in the world of UAS is creating new jobs in many areas.  There are opportunities opening up in research, development, design, and software.   There is an increasing demand for drone pilots in many businesses; agriculture, archeology, surveying etc – just about anything that can benefit from data capture from the air, and of course there is aerial photography and filming.  If you have ambitions in any of these areas the first step is to acquire an RPQ-s or BNUC-s licence.  The path to each of these will teach you the basics of Air Law, risk assessment, flight planning, and general skills for the the safe and legal use of UAV in the commercial world.

These are just a few of the many and growing advantages of the hobby and commercial use of drones.  If you can think of any others, let me know by posting a comment below or in on of this site’s social media accounts (the links are in the footer).

CAA UAV Rules, Regulations, and Advice

CAA UAV RulesAs the number of UAV flying in UK airspace increases day by day there are many who are seeking clarification regarding the CAA UAV rules and regulations.  Do I need to contact ATC?  Do I need permission?  What can I do here, but not there?

The CAA are receiving a lot of enquiries and obtaining a response can be a lengthy process with no guarantee that you’ll receive a response or that it will answer all your questions fully.  The onus is on you, the pilot, to inform yourself using the documentation that is freely available online, so that they are at least not answering questions that can be answered by referring to the relevant section of the CAA’s website.

Here is an auto reply from one email that explains this in detail:

Dear Sir/Madam,

We are receiving a very high number of enquiries about Small Unmanned Aircraft (UA) – ‘Drones’ – and the various rules and requirements governing their operation within the UK.  Although we will read your e-mail enquiry, it will not always be possible to provide an individual response.  Please use the links below to find detailed information for common enquirie

General enquiries about Small Unmanned Aircraft (SUA) and the CAA’s regulatory safety framework for commercial and recreational use: and

Detailed guidance on operating SUA within London and other towns and and

UK Law: Air Navigation Order (ANO) Articles 166 and 167 pertaining to small unmanned aircraft:

Demonstrating pilot competency at a National Qualified Entity (NQE) for the grant of CAA permission to work commercially (‘aerial work’): and and

Collecting images with an SUA:  Data Protection Act:

It is highly recommended that all UAV pilots and operators become familiar with all the above and refer back to this information regularly in order to see if anything has been changed or updated.  Consider registering for the CAA’s newsletter service to receive bulletins relating to your area of interest.

All the CAA want to do is make UAV activity safe for everyone in the air and on the ground, so think of these documents as guidance and good advice.  Much of it is common sense.