1. Learn the rules of flying a drone.
Head over to our article on the UK Law and where you can fly a drone.
2. Check your Airspace
You must keep your drone out of any restricted airspace like airports and military zones. If you endanger an aircraft then it is a criminal offence and you could go to prison for up to 5 years.
The CAA and Drone Safe have created an app for both iPhone and Android that tells you exactly where you can and can’t fly your drone.
It also has a Fly Now feature where you can share your drones location and help prevent incidents.
3. Plan your route
Use tools such as http://www.skydemon.aero/ to plan your routes in safe places.
4. Check the weather
Check with your drones guidelines as to what weather you can fly your drone in.
Strong winds will make the drone harder to fly and could bring it down and hurt someone or damage something. Be sure to fly within the manufacturer’s guidelines and your own ability.
Poor visibility will affect the line of sight you have on the drone, so be careful in low light.
Temperature is also an important factor, check the guidelines of your drone to avoid something going wrong.
5. Check your drone before every flight
You are responsible for your drone so it is important that you check it is safe to fly, like you would check the pressures of your tyres on your car.
Check with the instructions on your drone for more on how to do this. If you have lost them, then contact us and we’ll send you a new one.
6. Pre-flight Checks
NATS have created a video to go through this the pre-flight check procedure and be sure to be safe and legal flying your drone.
7. Monitor your drone during flight
Keep an eye on your drone, keeping a clear line of sight. Keep an eye on the battery level and always give yourself enough time to come back and land.
If the drone performs anything other than normal when flying then immediately land it and give it a full check over.
8. Take off and land safely
Always find a large clear area with no obstructions to take off and land from. Make sure it is clear of people and anything you can damage.
Also, make sure the wind is low for a smooth take off and landing. Stay well away from any telephone/electrical lines, or masts of any kind.
Treat your drone with care and follow the UK Law surrounding drones. By following common sense and these rules you will have no problem flying your drone.