Parrot Ar.Drone legality

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Dear Civil Aviation Authority,

Please can I ask for the regulations and law relating to the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0.

It's this:

It's a posh toy for grown-ups. It is a four blade drone, about 1 foot across, which can be bought by anybody and flown with a smartphone (android or Iphone / Ipad.)

It will fly up to 100m high, and is equipped with a hi definition camera. The operator can view the images live on their smartphone, also they can record video and still images to their phone or to a USB stick.

This article suggests that there may be issues in flying the drone without a license.

I should like please to see any papers / communications relating to civilian use of such drones, also copies of relevant rules and regulations.

Thank you

Yours faithfully,

Doug Paulley

FOI Requests, Civil Aviation Authority

Corporate Centre
Information Management

Dear Mr Paulley

The CAA acknowledges receipt of your Information request.

If your requirements are unclear, or the information is held by another public body, we will contact you in the next five working days. Otherwise the information we are able to release, under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, will be assembled and made available to you within 20 working days from today’s date. If an exemption applies to any of the information requested an explanation will be provided.

Should you wish to discuss any aspect of this request, I can be contacted on:
01293 768512. Please quote reference F0001372.

Yours sincerely

Rick Chatfield
FOIA & EIR Case Manager

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Chatfield Rick, Civil Aviation Authority

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Dear Mr Paulley


Please find attached:


CAA response to your Freedom of Information Act request F0001372


Thank you


Rick Chatfield
FoI & EIR Case Manager

Information Management

Civil Aviation Authority

Aviation House

Gatwick Airport South

West Sussex



Tel: 01293-768512

Email: [email address]







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Dear Chatfield Rick,

Thank you very much. Please could you pass on my thanks to those people who provided such comprehensive and useful information.

Yours sincerely,

Doug Paulley