UK CAA Drone Registration Update 2019… AGAIN! :( | Mr MPW
Hey everyone, its Matt Williams, mr. MPW, and today an update for the CIA drone registration scheme. There is no there’s, not everyone, its Matt Williams for mr. MPW dot-com, and we have finally an update from the CIA about the drone registration scheme.
So the day has finally arrived and the CAA have finally announced the details of the drone registration and education scheme, the dress, and if it feels like a glitch in the matrix, then that’s. Because we’ve, been here before a number of times, but this time with a rather complicated twist or two in the form of it, now being the drone and model aircraft, registration and education scheme, the D mah res.
So let’s. Dive it in and see how it’s going to affect anyone in the UK who owns and operates a drone or controllable model aircraft which weighs more than 250 grams. So for those who weren’t aware that this was coming, which wouldn’t, be surprised and really given the lack of information and publicity surrounding this.
So far, all owners and operators of drones and model aircraft, which the CAA have pretty much grouped together for the purposes of this registration scheme, will need to register as a drone operator completes a 20 question online examination and pay a registration fee.
Now the community was supposed to be told what the system was going to be by the 16th of September 2019 and the see the scheme was supposed to go, live on the 1st of October 2019 and everyone then was supposed to be registered by the 30th of November this year, as it happened very little, was announced before the 1st of October and when that date hits the scheme, didn’t go live and we weren’t, given any real information as to why fast forward to late yesterday and The CAA finally announced something a product with a few tweaks and if I’m, honest, quite a confusing method of entry, or should I say, methods of entry, the scheme is due to go, live on the 5th of November 2019 and you can’t access it prior to this date, so for all those of you who are desperate to get on and get registered, you ‘
Ve got to wait until then. Now. The first thing of note is the adjustment to the cost. This is a positive step forward for the community in so much as the cost has come down from the originally suggested 16 pounds 50 and is now set at 9 pound saving you a whopping, 7 pounds 50.
Now, whilst this is a move in the right direction, what the point, even at sixteen pounds, fifty it was at a level where those who wants to keep flying, would pay it and it’d. Dissuade those who already feel like the space has been over regulated from applying and flying their aircraft? I don’t know what the logic is behind the reduction, but the whole implementation seems like something which would confuse those of any Vulcan looking at it.
The main takeaway here is that any person responsible for the operation of a drone or model aircraft, weighing more than 250 grams, will need to register as a drone operator and pay the nine pounds fee annually.
Anyone who is going to be fine, a drone or model aircraft between 250 grams and 20 kilos will, in addition, have to complete the 20 question online examination and register as a remote pilot and get a flier ID.
This element of the deme RS is free and has a three-year currency. Bear in mind that the majority of people will probably be flying drones, which they operate themselves. So, in this case, you’ll need to register as a drone operator, pay the nine pounds on your fee and complete the free examination, which is valid for three years to register as a remote pilot and get a flier ID confused.
Yet in the grand scheme of aviation registration and training, this is actually fairly simple, but I would still question if the entire idea is fit for purpose. It does still seem as though the Department for Transport and the CAA are using a sledgehammer to crack open a very, very, very small, nut with this entire process, particularly given the potential regulatory changes which may come into force in June 2020.
More on that to come in future videos now for companies such as ours, where I’m directly responsible for the drones, which we own and operate, and we have lots of pilots who work for us flying our drones.
It looks like I’ll have to complete the operator, registration pay, the nine pounds fee and all our pilots will have to complete the online examination. So how will PFC o holders be affected? The CAA are now saying that PFC o holders won’t, be required to complete the examination side of things and they ‘
Ll only need to complete the registration, so it will still cost you the additional nine pounds and new fee. But you won’t need to get 16 questions correct out of 20. The CIA will then provide you with the evidence required to prove you ‘
Ve already got the knowledge in the form of a formal exemption which I’m sure by the time it’s been created, staffed and disseminated to end-users, and the police will cost more than the nine pounds fee to implement total madness.
But there we are. It should be noted that this exemption will only be in place until mid 2020, which is when we’re expecting to adopt the eásá regulations. Another massive change to the regulatory landscape, but the subject of another saga to come.
When we’re actually told what’s going to happen? Are you a member of a trade association or recognized model aircraft association? Current members of the BM F, a FB v UK AR pass the laa all the Scottish Aero modelers Association? Will be exempt from the requirement to register under the scheme.
However, they will have to agree that their relevant Association can share their data with the CA, if required by the regulator, and they ‘ Ll need to pay the nine pounds fee directly to their association crazy.
This will be put in place by the 30th by the 1st of January 2020, and the CAA will put an exemption in place to cover this mechanism by the 30th of November 2019. The CAA have recommended waiting to hear from your association before you take action one way or another.
If you think that is going to affect you so a little more flesh on the bones of the operator ID and flyer ID the two main things which the damaras creates. First are all operator ID. Anyone who owns or is responsible for the operation of a drone or model aircraft weighing between 250 grams and 20 kilos must register as a remote operator and obtain an operator ID this cost 9 pounds and is renewed annually.
You must be age. 18 are over to register as a remote operator. Your operator ID must be placed on your model, aircraft or drone and be visible if required, for inspection. As far as we’re aware, it will be possible to place this ID in.
I’d somewhere like a battery bay, so that it isn’t, always visible particularly useful for those people who are flying scale model aircraft. Secondly, your flyer ID anyone who wants to fly or operate a model aircraft or drone in the UK, as of the 30th of November, will need to pass a 20 question online examination.
The pass mark for this is a minimum of 16 correct answers and the learning required for the examination will be contained in a new drone and model aircraft code, which forms part of the de maras. The questions will come from the learning which, with CAA will provide, and even if you fail, you can keep learning the code and attempting it at no cost.
Once you pass the test, you’ll, be then be issued with your flier ID. There are currently no age requirements for the scheme, but it should be noted that children under the age of 13 can only register with a parent or guardian present, so that pretty much wraps up what we know so far, essentially very little has changed from the original Proposals aside from the fact that it’s now, 7 pounds 50 cheaper, but it still doesn’t target that people are going to use the technology for nefarious reasons and will no doubt create another barrier to entry and the embryonic industry.
Without increasing safety or providing anything which we didn’t offer to the government for free when we introduced Icarus 1 ages ago, and all this on top of the fact that the police forces are less informed about this than the community are, and they’re already under resourced.
It’ll, be very interesting to see how this is approached, particularly after I had a conversation with the Chief Constable last week who couldn’t answer my question regarding how they’re. Going to collect evidential proof regarding the weight of a drone which they could then use in court to see if someone was above or below the 250 gram.
Registration cutoff bear in mind also that, although the launch and implementation dates for the scheme will have slipped backwards by 5 weeks, when it goes live on the 5th of November, you will still need to ensure you have done the required registrations and examinations by the same Date, the 30th of November 2019.
You can find the registration scheme online when it goes live at WWE register drones, CIA dot, uk ‘ I’ll drop a link to that down in the description below. I hope that was useful. Finally, a bit of an update from the CIA a couple of weeks to go, though until this goes live, could there be time for things to change again in that time, I’m sure if we as a community, put enough pressure on to the Dft Grant Shapps in particular, who seems to have kind of got behind this so far and the CIA, then maybe we could still have some influence on this, but I would say right now: it does seem fairly sealed and delivered thoughts.
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