We too use drones operationally and must comply with the same rules as everybody else. While having fun flying a drone, it is important that they do not pose a risk to any other aircraft or people.
Drones must be flown safely and legally, within the limites of the operating category they are flying in. This includes Operator Registration, Pilot Competency and maintaining separation distances from members of the public and built up areas as required. Conditions and limitations for each flying category are different, and much will depend on the weight of the drone, and where and how it will be flown. It is always the pilot's responsibility to ensure the drone is being flown safely and within the law. Further information on the different flight categories, including separation distances and operator registration / pilot competency requirements can be found on the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) website.
We hope this page provides helpful information for anybody wishing to fly a drone, or if you are concerned about others flying drones.
The leading authority for flying drones within Northern Ireland is the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
More information on owning or flying drones, privately and commercially, can be found at www.dronesafe.uk and www.caa.co.uk/Consumers/Unmanned-aircraft-and-drones/