what is a drone licence

Do you need a drone licence?

Drones, once reserved only for military use or by large government organisations, are now a technology that is used for a wide range of industrial applications, as well as for recreational purposes. As uptake of UAVs expands exponentially, naturally there is confusion about the rules and regulations that surround the use of these unmanned aircrafts. Many know that a drone licence is required, but do you know who actually needs one? And if you were looking for a qualification, would you know how to get one?

At UAVAir, this area is our speciality! Read on as we shed some light.

What is a drone licence?

This is a qualification that has been put in place by the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) to regulate the safety of this growing industry of drones. With a drone operator’s licence, you can prove to the CAA, your employers and authorities that you have been deemed sufficiently competent in the operation of an unmanned aerial vehicle. Whilst also protecting you in the eyes of the law, this can help you to secure more jobs due to the trusted knowledge and skills that you will gain.  

Who needs a drone licence?

At the moment, not everyone needs a licence in order to legally fly. If you are flying a consumer drone for recreational purposes, then you do not need a licence. Your drone however must be under 20kg in weight, and you follow some regulations. Although no formal qualification is needed, you can’t fly 150 metres of a congested area and 50 metres of a person, vessel, vehicle or structure not under the control of the pilot.

If you are employed by a company to fly a drone for commercial purposes, then you must go on a course.

How can I get a drone licence?

To gain a licence for flying a drone for commercial purposes, you will need to attend a drone licence course. It is important to make sure you attend an academy that has been approved by the CAA. At UAVAir, we can help you learn how to fly safely and efficiently, whilst gaining you a CAA approved licence. There are many courses available over different locations, as well as different training options available depending on your needs.

If you are a recreational pilot who wants to undertake a commercial drone job quickly, our fast track courses can give you the CAA credentials you need in only three days. We also offer bespoke flight training for those who value the need to learn how to fly the correct way, from the very beginning.

Are you about to fly a drone for commercial use? Then you will need a licence!


Want to find out more about our drone courses? Give us a call on +44 (0)208 0450 508 to discuss obtaining your UAQ drone licence with UAVAir, or alternatively email us.