Got an unmanned aircraft (drone) for Christmas? Make sure you ‘Fly Safe, Fly Legal’ or face the penalty

Resource Group has launched a new web page at in time for Christmas to help guide people who are unaware of the rules and regulations for flying unmanned aircraft safely.

Remote controlled flying platforms are set to be one of the top Christmas presents for 2014. The rules and regulations enforced by the UK Civil Aviation Authority to protect the safety of the operator and general public are not widely known. There is a need for much greater awareness by operators of their obligations stresses Dave Peacey, Air Safety Manager and *NQE (SUA) Assessor at Resource Group.

“We’ve launched this webpage to help people who receive an unmanned aircraft as a gift to understand what the restrictions are for flying safely and legally, before they take to the skies.

“Unmanned aircraft can be dangerous if not handled correctly and flying for commercial purposes without the correct permissions from the CAA could lead to criminal prosecution. This doesn’t have to be the case, as long as people are sensible and follow the rules.”

Resource Group offers theoretical and practical training through its course, Remote Pilot Qualification small (RPQ-s), for those looking to apply for and gain Permissions for Aerial Work from the CAA to fly unmanned aircraft commercially. The course is also suitable for those who only intend to fly for leisure purposes but wish to expand their knowledge on subjects such as air law and airmanship.

The website can be found at or for more information on the RPQ-s course visit

*National Qualified Entity (Small Unmanned Aircraft)

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