1. Performed pre-flight checks
A pre-flight check of battery levels, propellers and the airframe of the drone is essential before each flight to check the level of charge and for damage.
2. What’s the maximum flight altitude and distance?
Your drone must always remain in unaided visual line of sight and fly no more than an altitude of 400ft (120m) and a distance of 500m (1640ft).
3. How close can you fly to people and property?
For people and properties, it’s 150ft (50m) and for crowds and built-up areas it’s 500ft (150m). For the latter, you can’t fly above the area.
4. How close to airports can you fly?
There’s an exclusion zone (restricted airspace) of 2-2.5 nautical miles around aerodromes, with a 5km long and 1km wide exclusion at each end of each runway.
5. How do you know if you're in restricted airspace?
Use an app such as NATS Drone Assist or AirMap to ensure you’re not in restricted airspace such as too close to an airport, military installation or critical infrastructure. You can fly in restricted airspace if you have permission from the air traffic control unit (ATC) of the relevant airport, but without this do not fly!
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