We know that flying drones or model aircraft is fun and it's an activity enjoyed by lots of people across Essex.
However, it's important that anyone who flies an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), whether it's a drone or a model aircraft, is aware of the relevant legislation and operate their UAV within the boundaries of the law.
These regulations are put in place to ensure other people are not put at risk from the use of UAVs and we can all continue to enjoy flying them.
The Code covers everything you need to know to make sure you fly your unmanned aerial vehicle safely and legally. It also provides all the information you need to pass the test for a flyer ID, which you need if you want to fly a drone or model aircraft in the UK.
To fly a drone you must obtain a Flyer ID, unless the drone under 250g in weight. You can get a Flyer ID by completing a free online test. If you are the owner of the UAV you must also obtain an Operator ID if the model you are using is above 250g in weight. However if the model has a camera and is not classified as a toy, then you will still need an Operator ID, even if it weighs less than 250g.
It is against the law to fly a drone or model aircraft without having the required IDs. You can also be fined for breaking the law when flying. In the most serious cases, you could be sent to prison.
Airports and Airfields
It is illegal to fly unmanned aerial vehicles, such as drones and model aircraft within the Flight Restriction Zone of any UK airport or airfield without the appropriate permissions.
The zone has been put in place to keep passengers and commercial air traffic safe, minimise disruption and prevent antisocial drone flying around airports.
Anyone found to be flying a Unmanned aerial vehicle within the Flight Restriction Zone of an airport or airfield could face prosecution.