Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)


CAA Permission for Commercial Operations

To fly a Small Unmanned Aircraft (‘SUA’) in the UK, either commercially OR recreationally, all pilots are required to comply with CAP393: Air Navigation Order unless otherwise approved by the CAA.
For pilots who wish to undertake aerial work or gain valuable consideration. From their flights they must also hold Permission for Commercial Operations (‘PfCO’).

The CAA Regulations for SUA – drones are extremely detailed, our operation manual and procedures for each aircraft has been examined and approved for commercial use by the CAA.
Today, the CAA’s focus is increasingly on identifying the key risks facing consumers and the wider public, then acting alongside the professional drones’ industry to minimise the threat of harm.
They combine rule-making, enforcement action and influencing into a flexible and pro-active approach to ensure that industry is focused on addressing these risks.

As a brief overview, SUA must be flown as follows:

  • Maintaining a distance of 50m from people and property not in control of the pilot.
  • Maintaining a minimum distance of 150m from crowds of over 1000 people.
  • Maintaining a minimum distance of 150m from congested areas (if under 7kg maximum take-off weight, an exemption to this restriction will be granted as standard, however you will still need to adhere to the 50m rule mentioned above).
  • Within line of sight, no higher than 400ft above ground level and to a distance of 500m.
  • During daylight hours, so that you can clearly see the SUA and take avoiding action from other air users if required.
  • Outside of controlled airspace.
  • Commercial SUA pilots in the UK are also expected to carry Public Liability Insurance
  • During take off and landing maintain a distance of 30m from people and property not in control of the pilot.
  • Permission of the landowner to take off and land.
  • Restrictions and rules apply to flying near an airport and aerodrome.