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Registration and Safety Test Now Required for Drone Flyers

Whether you are flying a drone for recreational or commercial use, it is important to register it with the Civil Aviation Authority. Here are the reasons why you have to register your drone.

Prevent penalty

If your drone is more than 250 grams, then you have to register it online and then take a safety test. If you fail to register it, you may be fined up to £1,000. But you don’t have to worry about any penalty for now. According to the CAA, they will be giving drone owners enough time to proceed with the said process until November 30, 2019.

Enhance safety protocols

Once you have registered your drone, you also have to undergo a safety test to verify if you are fit enough to fly an unmanned aerial vehicle. By doing so, the government will be able to limit the drone flyers to the responsible ones, preventing aerial accidents in the future.

By going through the safety test, the CAA will also be able to prove that all drone flyers are familiar with the UK safety, security and privacy regulations thus eliminating possible breaking of the law.

Also, it will guarantee that no privacy lawbreakers will take drone footage without consent.

Timely move

With drones being more popular on the market, it is but timely to have each drone registered. If drones are handled by responsible people, then it can bring great benefits to the UK economy while enjoying the continuous increase of drone enthusiasts.

Insurance

If you had your drone registered, then you are insured. Illegal drone pilots are not safe and uninsured.

This brave move by the government only shows how focused they are when it comes to aviation safety. Currently, the CAA is issuing permission for drone flyers. The process will be done online and will be able to guide applicants throughout the stages of the application. It will then provide you the list of documents you need to submit, and then let you pay online. Whether your application is accepted or declined, you will receive a notification from the CAA.

Here are the requirements for a standard application.

  • Initial application. Operation manual, Insurance, National Qualified Entity recommendation.
  • Renewal. Operation manual, Insurance and flight logs and details.
  • Variation application. Operation manual, Insurance and National Qualified Entity recommendation if you change weight or class.
  • Renewal and variation application. Operation manual, Insurance, National Qualified Entity recommendation if you change weight or class, and flight logs and details.

With the new drone regulations in place, drone users will be advised to use apps to plan for their activities and to ensure that they will not be entering any unsafe or no-fly zone. Geofencing will also be utilised so that users will immediately see if they are nearby a no-fly area.

Drones carry a healthy and exciting opportunity for the UK economy and they have already proven their worth in business and public affairs. So, if you own a drone, make sure that you register it as soon as you can.

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Other source: https://www.caa.co.uk/Consumers/Model-aircraft-and-drones/Flying-drones/?flip=true