Is a drone on your Christmas list this year?

Amongst the many presents being opened on Christmas Day, there is a new type of tech, which is set to be a popular gift this year. Along with socks from Grandma, perfume and overpriced bath salts, vast amounts of drones will be unwrapped this holiday season. And despite an urge to break it out and fly it right there in the garden, it will probably sit on the side for the day’s festivities.

But the next day, subject of course to the weather, those new recreational drone operators are likely to be out trying their exciting new acquisition and the general level of proficiency of those operators is, inevitably, going to be low. There is, therefore, a chance that they run the risk of having some form of incident or accident. We advise all operators to read the CAA's Drone Code before trying out their new gift.

Having survived the boxing day madness, there then will be an opportunity to reflect on what they might use the drone for. For many, it will simply be for recreational purposes. For several others though, they might start to form an idea to use the drone for some form of paid work and may not know where to start.

If so, they might be inclined to start straight away, with little or no preparation. And the first time they do so, they are breaking the law. Operators using drones for paid work are required to obtain a Permission for Commercial Operation (PfCO) from the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and to achieve this, they must demonstrate a certain level of pilot competence, assessed by a CAA appointed National Qualified Entity (NQE).

It might be that a potential client might put them through some form of due diligence process by asking if they have a license and insurance - but many don’t. And when you operate in breach of the law with little or no training or preparation for the flight, then you are playing roulette with the safety of the public.

So, if you are a recipient of a drone this Christmas and are unsure if the purpose you intend to fly for constitutes commercial work then contact UAVAir for advice. We are drone experts and many of our employees are just like you, having started out flying drones for fun and then realising that we might be able to use them as a profession. We have walked that path and can, therefore give you impartial advice about the next steps for you. 

Get in touch with us today for advice and find a training date near you in 2018.