Owner of drones? You must register before the end of Friday


Who do the new rules apply to?

The new regulations apply to many people who own or fly drones or unmanned aircraft (such as a model airplane with an engine) weighing between 250g and 25kg. You will need to register unless That is of the following apply:

  • The drone or unmanned aircraft will not fly, or will fly only indoors or in a “net secured area”.
  • You are a member of the British Model Flying Association, the Scottish Aeromodellers’ Association, the Large Model Association or the FPV UK. The members of these are exempt because the associations will register them as they renew their membership.

I own or pilot a drone or an unmanned aircraft, what should I do?

If you’re affected by the rules, here’s what you need to do:

  • If you own a drone or unmanned aircraft that meets the above requirements, you must obtain an Operator ID. After obtaining this ID, you must ensure that only people with valid ID use your aircraft. Only people over 18 can register for an operator ID. You can register as an operator on the CAA drones website – it costs £ 9.
  • If you are responsible for drones or model aircraft, but you will not be piloting them, you should register as a non-air operator, which also costs £ 9.
  • Anyone who will be piloting the drone must obtain a flyer ID card. To get it, you need to take a free theory test with 20 multiple-choice questions. The rules apply to adults and children. A parent or guardian must register children under 13, but the child must take the test. Again, you can do this on the CAA drones website.

You get both registration and test proof via email once you’ve done it online. So, when finished, you are allowed to use your drone immediately.

If you are responsible for a drone or a model airplane, you must label it with your operator ID.

CAA’s new system will also be used to help make drones stray to their owners. Anyone who loses a drone is advised to post their details on the “Reunited Drones” platform, while anyone who finds one is encouraged to check if it has a registration number and enter the details. in line.

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