After spending some time looking around the internet for laws on the use of hobby UAVs and drones in the UK I didn't find anything that was any use apart from some forum posts around the internet.
I have decided to take some time to compile a website documenting in simple terms all the laws worldwide for hobby drones and RC aircraft.
I do need some help on this if anyone has any experience of laws in their country that they could share to try to cut the research time down considerably!
Let me know what you think or if this has been done before and I'm just not looking hard enough or for the right thing!
I think I have seen somewhere that in the US different states have different laws on this so knowing as much of this as possible would be great if anyone is willing to divulge!
I have just purchased dronelaws.info and will build the site later.
I'll make it a central resource for every countries drone laws, in non legalese language.
Contributions to hosting costs welcome.
I can offer the hosting to you via one of my servers if you would like! Also just picked up dronelaws.co.uk as well to point towards it
A fellow Brit! I had similar troubles in finding information; eventually I came across the CAA's CAP-722 document [PDF].
The weight classifications are listed under Section 1, paragraph 3.1. DIYDrones stuff will generally be under 20kg, which means they're under national regs. Jump to Section 2 for the rules. Our stuff probably won't have Detect And Avoid that's up to their standards (FPV isn't accepted) so that means you're under the regular Air Navigation Order, plus Section 2, paragraph 6.7 of CAP-722, which basically states that you must fly:
So in general, check your aircraft, don't fly too far, don't fly over or too near to anything you're not prepared to crash into, and if all else fails, be polite, honest and co-operative when the police turn up, and you should be totally fine. If in doubt, the CAA have all sorts of contact options, including firstname.lastname@example.org for regulatory policy enquiries, and email@example.com for general questions.
Euan, feel free to add the above to dronelaws!
Yep - got a few updates to do, so it's on the list!
The only thing I don't like about these regs is that I can't find a definition of "congested area". My general guideline is to not fly over anywhere where a falling drone is more likely to hit something it shouldn't than to land somewhere harmless... This may or may not be what they meant; the old disclaimer of I Am Not A Lawyer is always applicable, but a lot of laws (at least in the UK) come down to what the theoretical "reasonable person" would think, so I reckon if I can argue that it was reasonable for me to think that my drone would probably not damage anything if it came down, then I'll be alright.