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You must register to fly your drone in the UK if the drone weight is 250 grams or has a camera onboard | GDPA – Global Drone Pilots Association
As drones become more advanced, countries are implementing new rules. The UK has done so, requiring camera drones to be registered before taking to the sky. You will also be required to register your drone if it weighs 250 grams and above. Introduction The British government has come up with two simple systems to help […]

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As drones become more advanced, countries are implementing new rules. The UK has done so, requiring camera drones to be registered before taking to the sky. You will also be required to register your drone if it weighs 250 grams and above.

Introduction

The British government has come up with two simple systems to help you figure out if you must get a FlyerID and/or an OperatorID. Before we get into that, let’s take a look at what a FlyerID and an OperatorID actually are.

You can also head over to the UK government’s drone website to learn more about the rules and requirements when flying a drone in the UK.

FlyerID: The FlyerID is the more basic ID that tells the government you have passed a basic flying test, meaning you understand the rules and fly safely. If you are 11 years or younger, a parent or guardian must be present when answering the questions.

OperatorID: The OperatorID is a registration number each person is given, which must then be marked onto the drone. This ID also means you’re responsible for the drone and who’s allowed to fly it. You must be 18 years or older to get this ID.

Weight requirements

The weight requirements have been split up into the four categories listed below. To find out which one your drone fits into, you can check the weight of it online and see if it has a camera or not. Depending on the category it falls within, you might have to get a FlyerID and an OperatorID or both or none.

WeightFlyer IDOperator ID
below 250g – toyNoNo
below 250g – not a toy – no cameraNoNo
below 250g – not a toy – with cameraNoYes
250g and aboveYesYes

One thought on “You must register to fly your drone in the UK if the drone weight is 250 grams or has a camera onboard | GDPA – Global Drone Pilots Association

  1. I use Airmap to see if I can fly or not in any given area, and where I need to use automated FAA authorization for even my under 250 drone’s. I Will continue to fly where and when I can do so safetly. They are going to have a rough time enforcing this.

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