Drone Laws UK – Drone Laws and Regulations in 2019

Drone use has continued to grow in the UK over the last few years and this trend shows no signs of slowing down. However, with the increasing number of drones taking to UK skies, it is critical that ALL users (including those who fly for fun) are acutely aware of their obligations to keep themselves, other airspace users, and the general public safe at all times – this is the fundamental reason that drone use is subject to UK law through the Air Navigation Order.

This article is in no way intended to scare people away from drones, quite the contrary in fact. Instead, we are aiming to uncover and clarify the details of the current UK drone laws and regulations, and also to explain what drone users can expect for the future, so users can continue to enjoy drones safely and responsibly.

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Commercial drones to lead the fight against blackgrass

If you are taking the time to read this article, you are likely aware of the problems that blackgrass presents to UK arable farmers. With common populations of 200 to 400 blackgrass plants per square metre, yield penalties are severe! But, did you know how data gathered by drones is helping with the control of this dreaded weed?

Traditional methods used to detect the existence of blackgrass involves the walking of fields and marking of detection points on a plan of the field. This method is still common practice for many farming companies, and whilst it has been used to reasonably good effect for many years, there are a few obvious downsides and risks:

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How drones are driving improvements to crop husbandry

So, we all know (or at least should make it our business to know) the growing demands being placed on our farmers to increase the output of their crops to feed the ever-growing global population. For this reason, growers and agronomists have been seeking new and innovative ways to assist with this challenge!

Just a few days ago, RAWview’s Product Integration team started a new consultation with a large-scale grower looking to put drone technology to work to assist with their agronomy decisions throughout the growing season.

When it comes to maximising yields, it is critical to identify potential problems early enough so that the outcome can still be influenced. This is precisely the value that a carefully selected, end-to-end drone solution will provide; giving users the ability to make data-backed decisions for the prescription of corrective measures.

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How much does a commercial drone cost?

With a 4000% increase of UK commercial drone operators since 2013, it is clear that the UK drone industry is attracting the attention of many a forward thinking individual and organisation up and down the country. On one hand we are seeing people give up their 9 to 5 jobs to fulfil their dream of running their own independent drone service business; on the other hand we see organisations adopting their own in-house drone programmes. Whilst the scale of these 2 areas of adoption differ considerably, there are fundamental considerations that both must explore when adopting commercial drone technology, and it is important to look beyond the cost of the required hardware itself.

In this post, we aim to answer the common questions that we get from people looking to adopt drones for commercial use. 

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Best Commercial Drones

Probably one of the most common questions that gets put to us is: “Can you tell me which are the best commercial drones?”

The truth is, there are a number of factors that must be considered when deciding which is the best drone for commercial use.

With so many different drone models on the market, it is often a daunting task for prospective adopters of commercial drones to work out which one is most suitable for their industry and the applications within it. There is a vast array of industries and applications where commercial-grade drones are being put to work to optimise the systems and processes of organisations all over the world. In this post, we will explore some of the best-selling commercial models in use today, and why each are considered the best drone for commercial use. 

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Why the DJI Inspire 2 is a must have for TV & Film production

The DJI Inspire 2, introduced in 2016 is the successor to the Inspire 1 – which, itself, was the first filmmaking drone in the world to integrate an HD video transmission system, 360° rotating gimbal and a 4K camera, as well as the simplicity of app control. The launches of the Zenmuse X5 and X5R cameras further cemented the Inspire as a critical tool for TV and Film production companies around the globe. The Inspire 2 takes everything that was good about its predecessor and improves on it. In this post we explore the array of enhancements, and why the Inspire 2 is a must have for TV and Film production companies here in the UK. Continue reading “Why the DJI Inspire 2 is a must have for TV & Film production”

Is the agriculture industry ready for drones? You better believe it is!

It is a common misconception that the agriculture industry does not have a use for highly advanced technology and automation. Of course, those within the industry know that this couldn’t be further from the truth! GPS guided equipment, precise geo-referenced yield mapping, and now the emergence of completely driverless tractors, to name just a few, are all technological concepts widely accepted and utilised by farmers in a continuous effort to optimise the productivity of their land to put food on the tables of an ever-growing population.

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Drones will change construction site management – it’s already happening!


Commercial drones have found their way into the construction industry, and they’re now a vital part of a Project Manager’s toolkit. How has this happened? Well, the answer to that is pretty simple: time after time, drones have been proven to reduce downtime, save money, and improve the levels of site safety on construction projects. However, like many construction professionals, you are likely wondering if drones can really deliver value for YOUR projects…

In this post, we aim to demonstrate how drones can help you to streamline and improve your daily processes and save your project time and money. All whilst making the life of a Project Manager easier! Continue reading “Drones will change construction site management – it’s already happening!”

Lift off for commercial drones

You may have noticed over the past year or two that the prospect of mainstream drone application is starting to become more widely reported in the UK. In the most part, this is due to the plans of global companies like Amazon and Facebook to integrate the technology into their businesses. Now, whilst the idea of small drones delivering parcels to our doors, or the prospect of using solar powered drones to provide internet access to 4 billion people around the world, is indeed, a compelling story, it doesn’t necessarily resonate with Small & Medium Enterprises here in the UK, many of which can also make use of drone technology and its veritable smorgasbord of applications!

2017 was a big year for the global commercial drone industry – many organisations dabbled with the technology to understand if it would bring value to their operations. As we progress through 2018, the test programmes of previous years are converting into the deployment of fully fledged drone programmes, and further organisations are embracing drone test programmes. These factors are leading to exponential growth in commercial drone adoption. Continue reading “Lift off for commercial drones”

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