The Rules


  • Drones must fly below an altitude of 400ft

  • Drones must not fly within 5 km of any airport’s boundaries

  • Drones weighing over 250g will need to be formally registered with the CAA

  • Drone pilots must be able to present their registration documents if requested to do so by the police.

  • Drone pilots will be required to take a drone safety test before they’re allowed to fly

  • Drone users will be told to use apps to plan their flights, to make sure that they are not entering unsafe or no-fly zones

  • Recreational drone users must:

  • Always keep the drone within sight

  • Keep 500 ft away from crowds and/or built up areas, if your drone is equipped with a camera

  • Stay 150 ft away from people and buildings, if your drone is equipped with a camera

  • Avoid flying over or 150 ft near to open areas with more than 1,000 people present

  • Adhere to local council’s rules about drone flights in the area


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The Coverdrone companion app delivers rich and accurate safety data ranging from airspace maps, dynamic restrictions, environmental conditions, privacy and safety hazards and even the location of much of the low-flying manned aviation traffic, straight to the palm of our hands.

This is our go to safety app from NATS, the UK’s main air traffic control provider, powered by Altitude Angel. It presents our pilots with an interactive map of airspace used by commercial air traffic so that we can see areas to avoid or in which extreme caution should be exercised, as well as ground hazards that may pose safety, security or privacy risks when we’re out flying our drone.

It also contains a ‘Fly Now’ feature that enables us to share our drone flight location with other app users and the wider drone community, helping to reduce the risk of a drone related incident in the UK’s airspace.

Drone Motion are registered with the UK Civil Aviation Authority. We operate several professional platforms including the DJI Phantom 4 Pro+ and the SONY A6500. For your peace of mind we have £2m public liability insurance and this can be upped to £10m+ on request.

We are also registered with Drone Safe Register and Approved Drone Pilots to reassure the public that we are commercially operational.

Rogue drone users who flout the new height and airport boundary restrictions could be charged with recklessly or negligently acting in a manner likely to endanger an aircraft or any person in an aircraft. This could result in an unlimited fine, up to five years in prison, or both.

Why are restrictions being tightened?
Following a steady rise in reports of incidents involving aircraft, the government says the new stop-gap laws are intended to enhance safety.

There has been a significant increase in the number of commercial permissions issued by the CAA in the last year.
The number of active commercial licences increased from 2,500 to 3,800 in 2017, a year on year growth of 52%.

Meanwhile, the number of aircraft incidents and near-misses involving drones has rocketed over the last few years, from zero in 2013 to 71 in 2016 and 93 in 2017.
The UK Airprox Board assesses incidents involving drones and keeps a log of all reports.

And a recently released report highlighted
that the uptake of drones could be worth up to £41.7 billion to the UK GDP by 2030.

Coverdrone are fully compliant with EU regulation EC785/2004.