Drone Calculator 2022

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General Information

The Drone Calculator below is a guide that helps you identify your Drone Class and what you need to do to get flying safely, and legally. 

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What Are The Registration Requirements?

In the UK, if operating a drone classed as a Toy under 250g, you're not required to register for either a

Flyer ID

or an

Operator ID

. If you fly a Drone that is not a toy but has a camera, then you are required to register.

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What Are The Requirements for a Toy drone?

To be classed as a toy, the drone must be able to comply with the ‘Toys (Safety) regulations 2011. Essentially, a ‘toy’ is a product that is considered to be suitable for use by a person who is under the age of 14 years. Therefore, if the product is not marked as such, within its packaging, then it cannot be considered to be a toy.

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Is there a minimum age to fly a toy drone?

There is no minimum age in order to pilot a toy drone, unless prescribed by the manufacturer.

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What Are The Training Requirements for the A1 Transitional Class of Drones?

Unless specified there is currently no training requirements apart from reading the manual that has come with the drone

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What is the General rules for Toy Drones?

  • Never fly more than 120m above ground level
  • Never fly over people who are crowded together - Never do this, no matter what size of drone or model aircraft you have.
  • Most airports and airfields have a flight restriction zone (FRZ). Never fly in this zone unless you have permission from the airport. If you endanger the safety of an aircraft, you could go to prison for five years
  • Restricted airspace - Flying may be restricted around some sites, such as prisons, military ranges, royal palaces, and government buildings.
  • No dropping of Articles
  • No carriage of dangerous goods
© TheDroneRules.com

What Are The Registration Requirements?

In the UK, before flying most drones or model aircraft outdoors, you must register and have two IDs in place:

Flyer ID

& an

Operator ID

. The flyer ID shows you’ve passed a basic flying test and that you know how to fly safely and legally. The operator ID is your registration number and must be must be labelled on the drone or model aircraft. Click the links on the right to find out more about labelling.


Flyer ID

  • Anyone who wants to fly must pass an online theory test. This consists of 40 multiple choice questions and a pass mark of 30. You can take the test as many times as you need.
  • All of the knowledge needed to pass the test is in the CAA Drone and Model Aircraft Code site.
  • When you pass the test, you’ll get a flyer ID, acknowledging your competency as a remote pilot from the CAA.
  • Minimum age: None, but children under 13 can only register with a parent or guardian present
  • Registration period: 5 years
  • Fee: Free

Operator ID

  • 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.
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Registration period: 1 year
  • Fee: £10
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What Are The Drone Requirements for this class?

Drones with a flying weight less than 250 grams that has been manufactured before the 1 Jan 2023 are 'sub 250 legacy drones'. Privately built drones are typically hobbyist drones built without applied manufacturing regulations or Directives.

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What is the minimum age to fly a drone?

There is no minimum age to become a Remote Drone Pilot however children under 13 can only register with a parent or guardian present. The minimum age to attain an Operator ID is 18 years

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What Are The Training Requirements for Drones weighing under 250g?

Unless specified there is currently no training requirements apart from reading the manual that has come with the drone, and completing the Drone and Model Aircraft Code.

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What is the General Rules for Drones under 250g?

  • Never fly more than 120m above ground level
  • Never fly over people who are crowded together - Never do this, no matter what size of drone or model aircraft you have.
  • Most airports and airfields have a flight restriction zone (FRZ). Never fly in this zone unless you have permission from the airport. If you endanger the safety of an aircraft, you could go to prison for five years
  • Restricted airspace - Flying may be restricted around some sites, such as prisons, military ranges, royal palaces, and government buildings.
  • No dropping of Articles
  • No carriage of dangerous goods
© TheDroneRules.com

What Are The Registration Requirements?

In the UK, before flying most drones or model aircraft outdoors, you must register and have two IDs in place:

Flyer ID

& an

Operator ID

. The flyer ID shows you’ve passed a basic flying test and that you know how to fly safely and legally. The operator ID is your registration number and must be must be labelled on the drone or model aircraft. Click the links on the right to find out more about labelling.


Flyer ID

  • Anyone who wants to fly must pass an online theory test. This consists of 40 multiple choice questions and a pass mark of 30. You can take the test as many times as you need.
  • All of the knowledge needed to pass the test is in the CAA Drone and Model Aircraft Code site.
  • When you pass the test, you’ll get a flyer ID, acknowledging your competency as a remote pilot from the CAA.
  • Minimum age: None, but children under 13 can only register with a parent or guardian prese
  • Registration period: 5 years
  • Fee: Free

Operator ID

  • 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.
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Registration period: 1 year
  • Fee: £10
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What Are The Drone Requirements?

A1 Transitional Drone Requirements.

  • Maximum Take Off Mass or flying weight of less than 500g
  • There are no stipulated maximum speeds
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What is the minimum age to fly a drone?

There is no minimum age to become a Remote Drone Pilot however children under 13 can only register with a parent or guardian present. The minimum age to attain an Operator ID is 18 years.

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Are Their Training Requirements for 'A1 Transitional' Drones?

Yes, there are several requirements. See below.

  • Read the User manual that comes with the Drone
  • Consumer Information
  • Carry out the foundational training
  • Take the (foundation) test found
  • A2 CoC Theoretical Test* (If you plan to fly close to people/within 150m of residential, industrial, recreational and commercial areas the drone is less than 500g but 250g or more)
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What is the General Rules for A1 Clased Drones?

The rules for flying A1 class drones are as follows.

  • Never fly more than 120m above ground level
  • Never fly over people who are crowded together - Never do this, no matter what size of drone or model aircraft you have.
  • Most airports and airfields have a flight restriction zone (FRZ). Never fly in this zone unless you have permission from the airport. If you endanger the safety of an aircraft, you could go to prison for five years
  • Restricted airspace - Flying may be restricted around some sites, such as prisons, military ranges, royal palaces, and government buildings.
  • No dropping of Articles
  • No carriage of dangerous goods

This class will only exist up until 31 Dec 2022 (Article 22

© TheDroneRules.com

What Are The Registration Requirements?

In the UK, before flying most drones or model aircraft outdoors, you must register and have two IDs in place:

Flyer ID

& an

Operator ID

. The flyer ID shows you’ve passed a basic flying test and that you know how to fly safely and legally. The operator ID is your registration number and must be must be labelled on the drone or model aircraft. Click the links on the right to find out more about labelling.


Flyer ID

  • Anyone who wants to fly must pass an online theory test. This consists of 40 multiple choice questions and a pass mark of 30. You can take the test as many times as you need.
  • All of the knowledge needed to pass the test is in the CAA Drone and Model Aircraft Code site.
  • When you pass the test, you’ll get a flyer ID, acknowledging your competency as a remote pilot from the CAA.
  • Minimum age: None, but children under 13 can only register with a parent or guardian prese
  • Registration period: 5 years
  • Fee: Free

Operator ID

  • 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.
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Registration period: 1 year
  • Fee: £10
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What Are The Drone Requirements?

A2 Transitional Drone Requirements.

  • Maximum Take Off Mass: Less than 2kg
  • There are no stipulated maximum speeds
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What is the minimum age to fly a drone?

There is no minimum age to become a Remote Drone Pilot however children under 13 can only register with a parent or guardian present. The minimum age to attain an Operator ID is 18 years

© TheDroneRules.com

Are Their Training Requirements for Drones weighing between 500g - 2kg?

  • Read the User manual that comes with the Drone
  • Consumer Information.
  • Complete the Drone and Model Aircraft code.
  • Take the test and attain the flyer ID
  • A2 CoC Theoretical Test
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What is the General Rules for A2 Transitional Drones?

The rules for flying A2 class drones are as follows.

  • Never fly more than 120m above ground level
  • Never fly over people who are crowded together - Never do this, no matter what size of drone or model aircraft you have.
  • Most airports and airfields have a flight restriction zone (FRZ). Never fly in this zone unless you have permission from the airport. If you endanger the safety of an aircraft, you could go to prison for five years
  • Restricted airspace - Flying may be restricted around some sites, such as prisons, military ranges, royal palaces, and government buildings.
  • No dropping of Articles
  • No carriage of dangerous goods

This class will only exist up until 31 Dec 2022 (Article 22

© TheDroneRules.com

What Are The Registration Requirements?

In the UK, before flying most drones or model aircraft outdoors, you must register and have two IDs in place:

Flyer ID

& an

Operator ID

. The flyer ID shows you’ve passed a basic flying test and that you know how to fly safely and legally. The operator ID is your registration number and must be must be labelled on the drone or model aircraft. Click the links on the right to find out more about labelling.


Flyer ID

  • Anyone who wants to fly must pass an online theory test. This consists of 40 multiple choice questions and a pass mark of 30. You can take the test as many times as you need.
  • All of the knowledge needed to pass the test is in the CAA Drone and Model Aircraft Code site.
  • When you pass the test, you’ll get a flyer ID, acknowledging your competency as a remote pilot from the CAA.
  • Minimum age: None, but children under 13 can only register with a parent or guardian prese
  • Registration period: 5 years
  • Fee: Free

Operator ID

  • 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.
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Registration period: 1 year
  • Fee: £10
© TheDroneRules.com

What Are The Drone Requirements?

A3 Transitional Drone Requirements.

  • Maximum Take Off Mass between 2kg and 24.9kg
  • No Maximum speed
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What is the minimum age to fly a drone?

There is no minimum age to become a Remote Drone Pilot however children under 13 can only register with a parent or guardian present. The minimum age to attain an Operator ID is 18 years

© TheDroneRules.com

Are Their Training Requirements for Drones weighing between 2kg - 25kg?

Yes,

  • Read the User manual that comes with the Drone - Consumer Information
  • Complete the Drone and Model Aircraft code.
  • Take the test and attain the flyer ID
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What is the General Rules for A3 Transitional Drones?

The rules for flying A3 class drones are as follows.

  • Never fly within 150m from Residential Industrial, Recreational and Commercial areas
  • Never fly more than 120m above ground level
  • Never fly over people who are crowded together - Never do this, no matter what size of drone or model aircraft you have.
  • Most airports and airfields have a flight restriction zone (FRZ). Never fly in this zone unless you have permission from the airport. If you endanger the safety of an aircraft, you could go to prison for five years
  • Restricted airspace - Flying may be restricted around some sites, such as prisons, military ranges, royal palaces, and government buildings.
  • No dropping of Articles
  • No carriage of dangerous goods

This class will only exist up until 31 Dec 2022 (Article 22

© TheDroneRules.com


The Drone Classes below are for future Drones which are labelled specifically as either Class C0, C1, C2, C3 or C4. There are no current drones within these Classes.

What Are The Registration Requirements?

In the UK, before flying most drones or model aircraft outdoors, you must register and have two IDs in place:

Flyer ID

& an

Operator ID

. The flyer ID shows you’ve passed a basic flying test and that you know how to fly safely and legally. The operator ID is your registration number and must be must be labelled on the drone or model aircraft. Click the links on the right to find out more about labelling.


Flyer ID

  • Anyone who wants to fly must pass an online theory test. This consists of 40 multiple choice questions and a pass mark of 30. You can take the test as many times as you need.
  • All of the knowledge needed to pass the test is in the CAA Drone and Model Aircraft Code site.
  • When you pass the test, you’ll get a flyer ID, acknowledging your 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: 5 years
  • Fee: Free

Operator ID

  • 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.
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Registration period: 1 year
  • Fee: £10
© TheDroneRules.com

What Are The Drone Requirements?

Class C0 Drone Requirements.

  • Maximum Take Off Mass: Less than 250 grams
  • Maximum Speed – Less than 19m/s or 42.5mph or 68km/h
  • With Follow me mode active – Max distance from remote pilot is 50m
© TheDroneRules.com

What is the minimum age to fly a drone?

There is no minimum age to become a Remote Drone Pilot however children under 13 can only register with a parent or guardian present. The minimum age to attain an Operator ID is 18 years.

© TheDroneRules.com

Are Their Training Requirements for Class C0 Drones?

What competency requirements are required?

  • Read the User manual that comes with the Drone
  • Carry out the CAA online training.
  • Take the (foundation) test
  • A2 CoC Theoretical Test
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What are the general Rules for Class C0 Drones?

The rules for flying A3 class drones are as follows.

  • Never fly more than 120m above ground level
  • Never fly over people who are crowded together - Never do this, no matter what size of drone or model aircraft you have.
  • Most airports and airfields have a flight restriction zone (FRZ). Never fly in this zone unless you have permission from the airport. If you endanger the safety of an aircraft, you could go to prison for five years
  • Restricted airspace - Flying may be restricted around some sites, such as prisons, military ranges, royal palaces, and government buildings.
  • No dropping of Articles
  • No carriage of dangerous goods

  • If you’re flying a drone or model aircraft that’s lighter than 250g or is C0 class, you can fly over people not under your control.
  • You can fly small drones and model aircraft that are lighter than 250g, or C0 or C1 class, in residential, recreational, commercial and industrial areas.
  • Flyer ID Exceptions for C0 class toys and privately-built aircraft below 250g.
© TheDroneRules.com

What Are The Registration Requirements?

In the UK, before flying most drones or model aircraft outdoors, you must register and have two IDs in place:

Flyer ID

& an

Operator ID

. The flyer ID shows you’ve passed a basic flying test and that you know how to fly safely and legally. The operator ID is your registration number and must be must be labelled on the drone or model aircraft. Click the links on the right to find out more about labelling.


Flyer ID

  • Anyone who wants to fly must pass an online theory test. This consists of 40 multiple choice questions and a pass mark of 30. You can take the test as many times as you need.
  • All of the knowledge needed to pass the test is in the CAA Drone and Model Aircraft Code site.
  • When you pass the test, you’ll get a flyer ID, acknowledging your competency as a remote pilot from the CAA.
  • Minimum age: None, but children under 13 can only register with a parent or guardian prese
  • Registration period: 5 years for the New Flyer ID however (Your flyer ID will last for five years if you took it after the 15th Dec).
    If you took your last test under the previous regulations, that flyer ID will last for three years. You can check when your ID expires in the 'Check My registration' link.
  • Fee: Free

Operator ID

  • 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.
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Registration period: 1 year
  • Fee: £10
© TheDroneRules.com

What Are The Drone Requirements?

Class C1 Drone Requirements.

  • Maximum Take Off Mass: Less than 900g or Less than 80 Joules of energy on impact
  • Maximum Speed – Less than 19m/s or 42.5mph or 68km/h
© TheDroneRules.com

What is the minimum age to fly a drone?

There is no minimum age to become a Remote Drone Pilot however children under 13 can only register with a parent or guardian present. The minimum age to attain an Operator ID is 18 years.

© TheDroneRules.com

Are Their Training Requirements for Class C1 Drones?

Yes, there is a test to complete.

  • Read the User manual that comes with the Drone
  • Carry out the CAA online training.
  • Take the CAA (foundation) test
  • Take a test at an a RAE Test Centre if you're operating within the A2 Category
© TheDroneRules.com

What are the General Rules for Class C1 Drones?

The rules for flying C2 class drones are as follows.

  • Never fly more than 120m above ground level
  • Never fly over people who are crowded together - Never do this, no matter what size of drone or model aircraft you have.
  • Most airports and airfields have a flight restriction zone (FRZ). Never fly in this zone unless you have permission from the airport. If you endanger the safety of an aircraft, you could go to prison for five years
  • Restricted airspace - Flying may be restricted around some sites, such as prisons, military ranges, royal palaces, and government buildings.
  • No dropping of Articles
  • No carriage of dangerous goods

  • If you’re flying a drone or model aircraft that’s between 250g and 500g, or is C1 class, you can fly closer to people than 50m, but you must not intentionally fly over them.
  • If you fly higher than 50m, you should keep the same distance horizontally. For example, keep 80m away if you fly at a height of 80m. This is called the '1:1 Rule'
© TheDroneRules.com
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General Rules & Laws

The rules for flying A3 class drones are as follows.
- If you’re flying a drone or model aircraft that’s between 250g and 500g, or is C1 class, you can fly closer to people than 50m, but you must not intentionally fly over them.
- If you fly higher than 50m, you should keep the same distance horizontally. For example, keep 80m away if you fly at a height of 80m.

What Are The Registration Requirements?

In the UK, before flying most drones or model aircraft outdoors, you must register and have two IDs in place:

Flyer ID

& an

Operator ID

. The flyer ID shows you’ve passed a basic flying test and that you know how to fly safely and legally. The operator ID is your registration number and must be must be labelled on the drone or model aircraft. Click the links on the right to find out more about labelling.


Flyer ID

  • Anyone who wants to fly must pass an online theory test. This consists of 40 multiple choice questions and a pass mark of 30. You can take the test as many times as you need.
  • All of the knowledge needed to pass the test is in the CAA Drone and Model Aircraft Code site.
  • When you pass the test, you’ll get a flyer ID, acknowledging your competency as a remote pilot from the CAA.
  • Minimum age: None, but children under 13 can only register with a parent or guardian present
  • Registration period: 5 years
  • Fee: Free

Operator ID

  • 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.
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Registration period: 1 year
  • Fee: £10
© TheDroneRules.com

What Are The Drone Requirements?

Class C2 Drone Requirements.

  • Maximum Take Off Mass: Less than 4kg
  • Maximum Speed – Less than 19m/s or 42.5mph or 68km/h
  • Equipped with low-speed mode which limits the maximum speed to 3m/s (approx. 6.7 mph) when flying less than 30m from uninvolved persons
© TheDroneRules.com

What is the minimum age to fly a drone?

There is no minimum age to become a Remote Drone Pilot however children under 13 can only register with a parent or guardian present. The minimum age to attain an Operator ID is 18 years.

© TheDroneRules.com

Are Their Training Requirements for Class C2 Drones?

Yes, there is a test to complete if piloting C2 Class drones

  • Read the User manual that comes with the Drone
  • Carry out the CAA online training.
  • Take the CAA (foundation) test
  • Self Practical Training (Flying the Drone)
  • A2 CofC Theoretical Test in a Test Center - RAE Test Centre (Currently Virtually)
© TheDroneRules.com

What is the General Rules for Class C2 Drones?

The rules for flying C2 class drones are as follows.

  • Never fly more than 120m above ground level
  • Never fly over people who are crowded together - Never do this, no matter what size of drone or model aircraft you have.
  • Most airports and airfields have a flight restriction zone (FRZ). Never fly in this zone unless you have permission from the airport. If you endanger the safety of an aircraft, you could go to prison for five years
  • Restricted airspace - Flying may be restricted around some sites, such as prisons, military ranges, royal palaces, and government buildings.
  • No dropping of Articles
  • No carriage of dangerous goods

  • If you’re in ‘Low Speed’ mode you can operate the Drone 5m from uninvolved people.
  • Generally no closer than 30m horizontally from uninvolved persons.
© TheDroneRules.com

What Are The Registration Requirements?

In the UK, before flying most drones or model aircraft outdoors, you must register and have two IDs in place:

Flyer ID

& an

Operator ID

. The flyer ID shows you’ve passed a basic flying test and that you know how to fly safely and legally. The operator ID is your registration number and must be must be labelled on the drone or model aircraft. Click the links on the right to find out more about labelling.


Flyer ID

  • Anyone who wants to fly must pass an online theory test. This consists of 40 multiple choice questions and a pass mark of 30. You can take the test as many times as you need.
  • All of the knowledge needed to pass the test is in the CAA Drone and Model Aircraft Code site.
  • When you pass the test, you’ll get a flyer ID, acknowledging your competency as a remote pilot from the CAA.
  • Minimum age: None, but children under 13 can only register with a parent or guardian present
  • Registration period: 5 years
  • Fee: Free

Operator ID

  • 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.
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Registration period: 1 year
  • Fee: £10
© TheDroneRules.com

What Are The Drone Requirements?

Class C3 Drone Requirements.

  • Maximum Take Off Mass: Less than 25kg
  • Maximum Speed – None
© TheDroneRules.com

What is the minimum age to fly a drone?

There is no minimum age to become a Remote Drone Pilot however children under 13 can only register with a parent or guardian present. The minimum age to attain an Operator ID is 18 years.

© TheDroneRules.com

Are Their Training Requirements for Class C3 Drones?

Yes, there is a test to complete if piloting C3 Class drones

  • Read the User manual that comes with the Drone
  • Carry out the CAA online training.
  • Take the CAA (foundation) test
© TheDroneRules.com

What are the general Rules for Class C3 Drones?

The rules for flying C3 class drones are as follows.

  • Never fly more than 120m above ground level
  • Never fly over people who are crowded together - Never do this, no matter what size of drone or model aircraft you have.
  • Most airports and airfields have a flight restriction zone (FRZ). Never fly in this zone unless you have permission from the airport. If you endanger the safety of an aircraft, you could go to prison for five years
  • Restricted airspace - Flying may be restricted around some sites, such as prisons, military ranges, royal palaces, and government buildings.
  • No dropping of Articles
  • No carriage of dangerous goods

  • No closer than 50m horizontally from uninvolved persons.
  • No flight within 150m horizontally of residential, commercial, industrial or recreational areas.
© TheDroneRules.com

What Are The Registration Requirements?

In the UK, before flying most drones or model aircraft outdoors, you must register and have two IDs in place:

Flyer ID

& an

Operator ID

. The flyer ID shows you’ve passed a basic flying test and that you know how to fly safely and legally. The operator ID is your registration number and must be must be labelled on the drone or model aircraft. Click the links on the right to find out more about labelling.


Flyer ID

  • Anyone who wants to fly must pass an online theory test. This consists of 40 multiple choice questions and a pass mark of 30. You can take the test as many times as you need.
  • All of the knowledge needed to pass the test is in the CAA Drone and Model Aircraft Code site.
  • When you pass the test, you’ll get a flyer ID, acknowledging your competency as a remote pilot from the CAA.
  • Minimum age: None, but children under 13 can only register with a parent or guardian present
  • Registration period: 5 years
  • Fee: Free

Operator ID

  • 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.
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Registration period: 1 year
  • Fee: £10
© TheDroneRules.com

What Are The Drone Requirements?

Class C4 Drone Requirements.

  • Maximum Take Off Mass: Less than 25kg
  • Maximum Speed – None
© TheDroneRules.com

What is the minimum age to fly a drone?

There is no minimum age to become a Remote Drone Pilot however children under 13 can only register with a parent or guardian present. The minimum age to attain an Operator ID is 18 years.

© TheDroneRules.com

Are Their Training Requirements for Class C4 Drones?

Yes, there is a test to complete if piloting C4 Class drones

  • Read the User manual that comes with the Drone
  • Carry out the CAA online training.
  • Take the CAA (foundation) test
© TheDroneRules.com

What are the general Rules for Class C4 Drones?

The rules for flying C3 class drones are as follows.

  • Never fly more than 120m above ground level
  • Never fly over people who are crowded together - Never do this, no matter what size of drone or model aircraft you have.
  • Most airports and airfields have a flight restriction zone (FRZ). Never fly in this zone unless you have permission from the airport. If you endanger the safety of an aircraft, you could go to prison for five years
  • Restricted airspace - Flying may be restricted around some sites, such as prisons, military ranges, royal palaces, and government buildings.
  • No dropping of Articles
  • No carriage of dangerous goods

  • The difference between C3 and C4 is that C4 Unmanned Aircraft don’t have any automation, other than for basic flight stabilisation and are more representative of the traditional model aircraft.
  • No flight within 150m horizontally of residential, commercial, industrial or recreational areas.
© TheDroneRules.com


Registration

Registering your Drone with the CAA is required if the mass is less than 25kg.

Drone Requirements

None.

What is the minimum age to fly a drone?

A minimum age of 16 to become a Remote Pilot within the Specific Category. The minimum age to attain an Operator ID is 18 years.

© TheDroneRules.com

Training and Tests

Yes, there are theoretical and practical flight tests to complete in the Specific Category. Head over to the Specific Category page for more information.

General Rules & Laws

The rules for flying A3 class drones are as follows.

Registration

The regulations for registering still apply if it fits into the classess above. However if it is a non-civil drone then you may have to register with the MAA.

Drone Requirements

Certified Drone requirements are drones that are very high risk. Mre information coming soon.

Minimum Age

The minimum Age for Remote Pilots flying Unmanned Aircraft (UA) is not limited and will generally be based on both regulations and qualifications for operating UA at this level.

Training and Tests

Qualifications in the Certified Category will be based on the type of Unmanned Aircraft being flown. Qualifications will eb very similar to manned aircraft More nformation coming soon.

General Rules & Laws

The rules for flying Certified Categrised drones vary. More Information coming soon.

MTOM

Maximim Take Off Mass

Also known as the ‘Flying Weight’ – How Heavy the Drone is, in flight?

Operator

Responsible Person (18+)

Anyone responsible for a drone (including model aircraft) weighing between 250g – 20kg needs to register as an operator

 

VLOS

 Visual Line Of Sight.

Remote pilot must be able to see the Drone and the surrounding airspace at all times while it is airborne.

Remote Pilot

Drone Pilot 

The person responsible for conducting the flight of a drone by operating its flight controls.

Highlighted Links

Drone & Model Aircraft Guidance

Click here for guidance on general drone operations

UK Guidance for UAS Operations CAP722

Click here for detailed look into drone rules, laws and regulations.

Drone Certification for Higher risk operations

Click here to learn more about  CAA Unmanned Aircraft Certification 

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