Letchworth Model Aeronautical Society

Legal aspects

Here are some useful links to information about the laws governing our hobby

Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)

The CAA regulates all aviation activities in the UK, including flying model aircraft. Links to the relevant regulations are given on their web site at https://tinyurl.com/ya965ajg. The CAA also publishes CAP 658 "Model Aircraft: A Guide to Safe Flying" which can be found at https://tinyurl.com/y98jjgjh.  This publication clearly explains the rules and regulations governing the use of model aircraft for sport and recreational purposes, and should be read by all model aircraft flyers.

First Person View (FPV)

The laws governing use of FPV are covered in the regulations above. However it should be noted that the CAA has granted an exemption in the case of recreational FPV use on aircraft weighing less than 3.5kg.This exception permits the use of a competent observer (spotter) with line of sight view of the aircraft in place of a supervising pilot with a buddy box. It can be found at https://tinyurl.com/y9d9fxfe.

Drone laws

Media hype over the dangers of "drones" has pushed the government into more restrictive legislation introducing (among other measures) a height restriction of 400ft for all model aircraft. The 2018 amendments are shown at https://tinyurl.com/ydyxbv5e. The BMFA has negotiated an exemption for its members shown at https://tinyurl.com/y8yt9yha, and for FPV above 400ft shown at https://tinyurl.com/ybg3knek.

British Model Flying Association (BMFA)

The BMFA web site contains an excellent guide to the legal side of flying model aircraft at https://tinyurl.com/yaqgkhpp.

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