With drones being a relatively new technology, it’s been difficult for drone pilots to have an updated list of laws for their UAV. Whether you are a pilot as a hobby or a professional, there are some rules and regulations attached to your drone that seem to be changing all the time. Also, drone laws change in each country, state, and county, which makes it that much more difficult. For professional fliers especially, the inconsistency of the laws can be quite the concern. With so much information out there, much if it is becoming outdated as the laws change. It is becoming more and more important to stay on top of the changing laws yourself instead of relying on outside sources to keep you in the know. Overall, the issues with drones are similar in the U.S. and the U.K. and regulations are following suit.
Drone registration rules
In the U.S., drone registration is required as of December 21, 2015. The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) is requiring that any UAV more than 250 grams (.55 pounds) and less than 25 kilograms (55 pounds) be registered by February 19, 2016. If your drone is only flown indoors than you are exempt and many small toy drones are exempt as well, but any drone flown outdoors is subject to registration and will cost you a heavy fine if you’re caught flying your UAV without registering it.
As of now, you are not required to register your drone in the U.K. even if you are flying commercially. There are a handful of regulations about when and where to use your UAV, but registration is not required. In both the U.S. and the U.K. you’ll need permission for some commercial uses such as mapping or filming. Flying your drone recreationally won’t require certification or licensing, but you’ll need a certification in the U.S. and a PFAW license in the U.K.