Flying drones and model aircraft
You must have two registrations in place before you fly a drone or model aircraft that’s 250g to 20kg:
- anyone who will fly must pass a theory test to get a flyer ID
- the person that’s responsible for the drone or model aircraft must register to get an operator ID
You need to register to get a flyer ID and operator ID.
Drone and model aircraft rules and regulations
You must follow the rules and regulations for flying small unmanned aircraft. The Drone and Model Aircraft Code gives guidance on flying safely and legally.
Labelling your drone or model aircraft
If you’re responsible for a drone or model aircraft, you must label it with your operator ID.
Organisations that use drones or model aircraft
Organisations that are responsible for drones or model aircraft must register their organisation for an operator ID.
Flying other aircraft or flying indoors
You do not need to pass the test or register if your drone or model aircraft is less than 250g, or you’ll only fly indoors or in a securely netted area. You must still follow the rules and regulations when you fly.
There are different regulations for flying:
- balloons and kites
- larger unmanned aircraft (over 20kg) (opens in a new window)
Using drones or model aircraft for commercial use
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