How To Fly Drones in the EU – Everything you need to know (UK & US) – Geeksvana

How To Fly Drones in the EU – Everything you need to know (UK & US) – Geeksvana

Hey everyone! As so many viewers have recently asked about how to fly legally in the EU if you are visiting on holiday etc from the UK or US, (in fact any non-EU country), I thought we would make a mini-series of videos explaining everything you need. In this video we will explain everything you need to know to have you ready to fly, whether you have a DJI Mini 2 or something bigger. This video series is focused on hobby recreational flights only, so please keep this in mind. Coming up in the series, Sean will provide a walkthrough and review of the EU A2 CofC course, to help should you wish to take things further, so for more on this topic, hit the subscribe button and turn on notifications!

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  1. Andrew Hill Phots & Videos on May 4, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    So.. an on going con then.. anything to make money. why don’t they just set a rule? if you already have paperwork to show you are competent to fly safely that will do.

  2. klemm r on May 4, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    Thanks Sean. As a British resident of the Netherlands I had some fun negotiating the system here.

  3. DB Hart on May 4, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    Thanks! This is what I’ve been looking for so that I can fly my Mini 2 in the EU next year. I guess that, as an American, I’ll have to learn the metric system (ha, ha). Looking forward to your follow-up videos.

  4. Travels with Rosie on May 4, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    Really shows how much easier it is in the UK. I assume that you can “shop” around for your first country. Mostly finding the easiest and cheapest.

  5. James Cox on May 4, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    I did both my registration and flyer ID in Ireland earlier in the year. It was all easy enough, and has the benefit, for an Englishman, of being all in English. My drone has both my UK and Irish registration numbers on it.

    I’m still looking forward to my first trip away though.

  6. William Jenkins on May 4, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    Thanks very useful

  7. Phillip Ward on May 4, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    Hiya I’ve look at the site and look at creating a account the one thing I don’t understand is it asks your country so UK then it asks work organisation and lists a load of UK airports ? It has a red star at the side so you must select one ?
    Thx phill

  8. Robin Jones on May 4, 2022 at 6:35 pm

    I’m off to Spain next week and i have done my Luxembourg registration. The Spanish course is not that easy. Can i just register in Ireland? How long does it take to process? Please let me know. Thanks

  9. Mart on May 4, 2022 at 6:38 pm

    Good advice as usual.
    I’m registered in Spain, bit of hassle at the start as all the online applications just seemed to grind to a halt. But it’s fine now. Best thing though, I went from A1 to STS for free. Only thing you have to pay for was the practical light training for the STS.

  10. Rubinho Drone on May 4, 2022 at 6:40 pm

    Bom dia
    Passando pra prestigiar aquele super like

  11. Charlene Elizabeth on May 4, 2022 at 6:42 pm


    I did the training and got my cert. I’m a US citizen trying to take my drone to Spain. I TRIED to register in Spain and I can’t figure it out. It keeps asking for DEI/NIE or to make a Cl@ve using those?? 

    Can I just register in a different country????


  12. What ever I say is cap 🧢 on May 4, 2022 at 6:43 pm


  13. RagNDroneMan UK on May 4, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    This is a great help, thanks Sean 😃👍

  14. STUART DUGGAN on May 4, 2022 at 6:45 pm

    Cheers Sean, Just what I’ve been looking for.

  15. Tim Crook on May 4, 2022 at 6:48 pm

    Hi Sean , great informative video. I have done the Lux training course, and passed. I cannot remember if you automatically get the Lux operators licence as well, on completion of the course. I am going to Spain so want to make certain I have all the documents.Can you let me know if you got your. Op’s licence on completion of your course?

  16. Airlessmean on May 4, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    love how yopu got gaming controllersa on the side 😛 but i wont be flying anywhere othewr than the UK 🙁

  17. The Blackbird Reels on May 4, 2022 at 6:52 pm

    Very Useful. Thanks a bunch

  18. Mark Gwinnell on May 4, 2022 at 6:52 pm

    UPDATED …Great video and very clear info too. Last week got the Mini 2 and reg in UK my Operator ID and Flyers ID. Now after watching your video I have reg with the IAA (Eire) and got a ID ref and then took the test to fly the Mini 2 in EU. Cost was euros 33.00. I’m a happy chappy ! I guess now I can also fly it in Spain…….. BUT only after i register myself as an operator also on the AESA (Spanish) site which is the nightmare one to do as i will have to send everything off to Spain as i cant get passed the digital signature issue 👎It was all going so well.

  19. Drone Pilot on May 4, 2022 at 6:53 pm

    Can I not post links . If not can I give it to you Sean. Fella gave it to me and it works

  20. The Fly-By Guys on May 4, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    Vital information as always Sean… ✌🏻

  21. Liam B on May 4, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    Hi there. Followed your video. Got the Luxembourg flyer Id. Paid the 30€ and then went on to the Irish site. Registered as an operator. But then found that the Irish site also offer the same course as the Luxembourg site. The beauty of this one is it actually tellers you at the end which questions if any you got wrong. You can go and select another answer. And resubmit. However this will also try to charge you €30 euros. So if you’ve already done the Luxembourg one like I did. Don’t bother. But if you want to keep everything together and register your flyer and operator in the same place. Do the Irish one.

  22. BIG BEAR on May 4, 2022 at 6:59 pm

    I used to live in the U.K. I’m living in Virginia, U.S. now. I’m about to register here, but will I have to do a separate reg when I move back to the U.K.?

  23. Ad Alta on May 4, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    Thanks for the timely video – I’m off to the Netherlands in a couple of weeks. The NL site is not easy to follow and they do not list the Luxembourg site as an ‘accredited Dutch flight school’ so Ireland it is for me too I think.

  24. Joseph J. L. McGrath on May 4, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    Sean: Thanks for this information (and all your good info). I am in the US and this is enormously helpful. With your help I am now good to go in the UK and EU. I visit Ireland regularly so I completed my test and registration there. All of your videos on the EU and UK are very helpful.. Once we get past COVID I hope to get some footage in Northumberland.

  25. BIG BEAR on May 4, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    Great video again, Sean!

  26. Geeksvana on May 4, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    There seems to be an issue for some people when you click on the link to register an account with the Luxembourg site. It assumes you work for an aviation sector business and ask you to confirm the details. If you follow this link, it allows you to register without that issue: Thanks to Phillip Ward for pointing out the issue.

  27. Droning about Ireland on May 4, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    Happy days we’re booked for Santorini next year so by doing the A1 A3 course that’ll cover me for flying a Mavic 3, if it ever arrives?

  28. Grumble Woof on May 4, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    Thanks for the info Sean, much appreciated. I will go through that process you outline as I hope to get to the EU on a holiday in October and I am eager to take my Mini 2 and not spend 14 days in a Greek jail cell.

  29. Whirl Traveller on May 4, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    Great video. One point of clarification. I was checking with Belgium where I am visiting soon and I saw that there is no need to register a sub 250 gram drone (like the Mini 2). Would you kindly clarify that please?

  30. maxair420 on May 4, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    Great vid…very informational 👍🏽👍🏽

  31. Sunrise Water Media on May 4, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    Great info, Sean. Maybe it’s my phone, but I wanted to let you know that I’m not seeing the chapters that you touched on at 1:39.

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