Go-live date: 1 October 2019
from: 30 November 2019
The new regulations apply to drones and model aircraft from 250g to 20kg that are used outdoors.
There are three main requirements.
Users of the new registration service range from experts to newcomers of all ages. In research, we found that using the description drones and model aircraft reflects the terms naturally used by the service’s users.
As there are no exemptions, everyone must register, including:
Anyone who wants to fly must pass an online theory test on flying safely and legally.
The test has 20 multiple choice questions and the pass mark is 16. You can take the test as many times as you need.
All of the knowledge needed to pass the test is in a new Drone and Model Aircraft Code.
When you pass the test, you’ll get a flyer ID, which acts as your acknowledgement of competency as a remote pilot from the CAA.
Minimum age: None, but children under 13 can only register with a parent or guardian presentRegistration period: 3 yearsFee: Free
Anyone responsible for a drone or model aircraft must register as an operator.
When you register, you’ll get an operator ID with your certificate of registration. You must display your operator ID on your drones and model aircraft. You can use the same operator ID for all your drones and model aircraft.
You must be aged 18 or over to be an operator.
Minimum age: 18Registration period: 1 yearFee: Currently under consultation
People will be able to register and take the test online at the new service. There will be a link to the new service from caa.co.uk
An offline service will be available for people unable to register online.
UK registration is not valid outside the UK.
People will need to check with the relevant authority in their destination country for details of local requirements for flying drones and model aircraft.
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