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Article 16 Operational Authorisation Drone and Model Aircraft Infographic

This infographic explains the rules/ weights/ distances, etc for the FPV UK Article 16 Operational Authorisation.  Click on the image to open the full size image in a new window.

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Open Category Drone and Model Aircraft Infographic

This infographic explains the rules/ classes/ weights/ distances, etc for the Open Category drone rules.  Click on the image to open the full size image in a new window.  

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Do FPV UK members require an A2 CofC?

Question: There is a checkbox in each member’s FPV UK account labelled ‘A2 CofC’.  Are FPV UK members required to take the A2 CofC? Answer: No.  FPV UK members can happily fly under the Open Category (A1 or A3), or under the Article 16 Operational Authorisation in the Specific Category and do not require an […]

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Do FPV UK members need a Flyer ID?

Question: Do FPV UK members need a Flyer ID? Answer: Section 3.12 of the Article 16 Operational Authorisation says: Remote Pilot Competence (1) Any remote pilot operating in accordance with this authorisation must demonstrate a suitable level of pilot competence, by either (a) or (b) below: a) Passing one of the following online tests: i. […]

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Can I fly under the Article 16 Operational Authorisation using a DJI or similar drone?

Question Can I fly my DJI drone under the terms of the Article 16 Operational Authorisation? Answer Yes.  So long as it is flown ‘manually’ (i.e. using the control sticks) rather than automation. CAA confirmation: Yes – an unmanned aircraft that is being flown in accordance with the definition of a model aircraft in the […]

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New FPV UK Handbook

FPV UK Handbook The FPV UK handbook is available for download here. Some of the topics covered in the FPV UK handbook are: Information about how FPV UK membership works (details of each of the different types of subscription – how often they renew, when reminders are sent, how you can cancel them, etc) Guidance […]

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CAA Operator ID Registration/ Renewal through FPV UK

FPV UK now has a direct automated link with the CAA for drone (DMARES) Operator ID registrations. Members can request that FPV UK registers them as an SUAS Operator with the CAA, and they will receive their Operator ID overnight (before 4am the following day). FPV UK can also manage existing CAA registrations; members simply […]

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My card shows my old CAA Operator ID. How can I get a new one?

Unfortunately at the first renewal of CAA Operator IDs the format will change.  Each member will get a new Operator ID in the new format. The old format was OP-XXXXXXX, the new format is GBR-OP-XXXXXXXXXXXX. Nb. In future years each person’s CAA Operator ID will stay the same at renewal. We have modified the design […]

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Does a sub-250g non-recording FPV drone require the operator to be registered?

Question: Does a sub-250g FPV drone require the operator to be registered with the CAA DMARES (Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education System)?   Answer: No. If the FPV camera provides a live feed only, for the purposes of flying the aircraft and for avoiding obstacles, etc, then the operator is not required to […]

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Can I now fly my drone commercially with FPV UK membership as my insurance?

Given the removal of ‘the commercial trigger’ in the new unmanned aircraft (IE drone and model aircraft) regulations, one might assume that anyone can now fly commercially. Unfortunatley commercial operations still require EC785/2004 compliant insurance (IE commercial aviation insurance with terrorism and hi-jack cover). EC785/2004 was published in 2005 – long before drones existed – […]

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