Stop moaning… drone pilots were wrong to complain about regulations

Best camera drone - DJI Mavic Mini
DJI Mavic Mini - the first serious sub-250g drone (Image credit: DJI)

Many drone operators have been angered by regulations in the USA and EU/UK, but looking back lets us see how the ultimate outcome might, finally, be better drones and flying opportunities.

The arrival of consumer quadcopter-style drones began in earnest in 2010 when Parrot demonstrated the AR.Drone at CES, a quadcopter with a camera that could be controlled by an App on an iPhone (the App store was itself not yet two years old). 

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Drone classifications
Header Cell - Column 0 WeightSpeed limitADS-B required?GPS neededSubcategory
C0Under 250g19 m/sNoNoA1
C1Under 900g19 m/sYesYesA1
C2Under 4kg-YesYesA2, A3
C3Under 25kg-YesYesA3
C4Under 25kg-NoNoA3

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Adam Juniper
Managing Editor

With over 20 years of expertise as a tech journalist, Adam brings a wealth of knowledge across a vast number of product categories, including timelapse cameras, home security cameras, NVR cameras, photography books, webcams, 3D printers and 3D scanners, borescopes, radar detectors… and, above all, drones. 

Adam is our resident expert on all aspects of camera drones and drone photography, from buying guides on the best choices for aerial photographers of all ability levels to the latest rules and regulations on piloting drones. 

He is the author of a number of books including The Complete Guide to Drones, The Smart Smart Home Handbook, 101 Tips for DSLR Video and The Drone Pilot's Handbook