UK introduces mandatory drone registration and pilot test


As part of its push to register drones, it also unveiled Drones Reunited, a platform that helps people recover the thousands of drones lost in the United Kingdom annually.

Drone pilots in the United Kingdom have until the end of November to register themselves and their quadcopters with the Civil Aviation Authority - or face a £1,000 fine.

If you're a member of The UK Drone Association, British Model Flying Association, Scottish Aeromodellers' Association, Large Model Association or FPV UK, you're exempt from being required to register and take the test before November 30, although further instructions will be communicated to you by your association. Failure to register can result in a fine of £1000.

So how does the scheme work in practice?

Children under 13 must have permission from a parent or guardian before they can register as a drone pilot.

The drone pilot ID must be renewed every three years.

Registering craft weighing between 250g and 20 kg costs £ 9.

To register your drone or model aircraft then visit

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At the same time, the CAA is starting a service it hopes will reunite owners with their lost drones.

Lost drones are apparently a "serious problem for flyers, as new research reveals that over a quarter of drone owners (26 percent) have lost a drone".

But a quarter of cases involve pilots making mistakes.

As part of the registration scheme, the CAA has also launched a "Drones Reunited" scheme which is a platform to help recover the thousands of drones lost in the United Kingdom each year.

CAA assistant director of communications Jonathan Nicholson said: 'The service is about giving something back to the community, helping responsible drone owners and operators to be reunited with lost drones and continue flying. Anyone who loses a drone must post the details to the Drones Reunited site, while anyone who finds a drone will be encouraged to check the device for a registration number.

United Kingdom ministers have come in for serious criticism for lagging on drone regulations in recent years after a spate of drone sightings at the country's busiest airport grounded flights last December, disrupting thousands of travelers.

A couple were arrested, but were released without charge.

Despite an extensive police search and the use of military systems, as well as £50,000 reward, the unidentified drone operators were not caught.