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Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Service to:
UK drone and model aircraft regulations were updated in December 2020.
There are three categories of flying:
If you want to fly in the Specific category, you must have an operational authorisation as well as an operator ID and flyer ID.
You will need to get your operator ID before you apply for your operational authorisation.
The details you use when registering for your operator ID and applying for your operational authorisation must match.
The table below shows:
Once you have your operator ID, you can apply for your operational authorisation.
The full name of the organisation.
If you plan to operate in the specific category,
this must be the same as stated in your Operations Manual.
You can choose to register as an individual or as
If you plan to operate in the specific category, the
accountable manager must be as stated in your Operations Manual.
You can register and take the test online.
If you’re not able to use the online service, you can call 0330 022 9930, Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm.
UK flyer IDs and operator IDs are not valid outside the UK.
You will need to check with the relevant authority in your destination country for details of local requirements for flying drones and model aircraft.
If you want to fly your drone or model aircraft in an EU member state, you must register as an operator in that state. There are some exceptions to this, and you should check with the specific member state concerned.
If you want to use your drone or model aircraft in the UK, you must follow the UK regulations for flying a drone or model aircraft. In most cases, you’ll need to get a UK flyer ID and operator ID.
The following information describes the core responsibilities of the operators of drone and model aircraft (unmanned aircraft). While this will help you understand the minimum requirements, you must take necessary steps to inform yourself and make appropriate decisions about your responsibilities as an operator.
The operator is the person or organisation that organises and manages how a drone or model aircraft is used.
They are legally accountable for the safe management of the aircraft and must decide the necessary level of preparation, training, planning and oversight for the conditions and circumstances of flights. This includes flights they carry out themselves or that are carried out by anyone else using the operator’s aircraft.
The pilot is responsible for carrying out the flight safely within the management framework set out by the operator.
Operators must make sure they have effective management oversight for all flights using their aircraft.
Operators must take reasonable, proportionate and common-sense steps to manage the risks associated with any flight.
In the Open Category, operators must:
The Police are responsible for taking enforcement action when it is believed that the requirements of the law have not been met.
Depending on the circumstances, this action could be taken against the operator, remote pilot, or both.
For a club or association to undertake the role of operator with its members as remote pilots, the club or association would need to have considerable management oversight of its members' aircraft. We think this would be hard to achieve in practice.
Since the legal identity of the operator must be clear, organisations or clubs without a formal legal status are unlikely to be able to meet the operator requirements.
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