With so much misinformation on social media, we felt it was important to clarify the correct information.
If you join either the British Model Flying Association or the British Drone Flyers, remember you have access to not only our Article 16 Authorisation, but also that you can choose to register for the CAA Operator ID through us, as well as take our version of the CAA’s Flyer ID competency test the RCC (the Registration Competency Certificate)
Jump to the question you want here:
0:43 Q1) Do I need an Operator ID?
1:31 Q2) Do I need a Flyer ID?
2:05 Q3) Can I fly my sub 250g drone anywhere?
2:45 Q3) Part 1 – How close can you really fly to people?
3:44 Q3) Part 2 – Is it OK to overfly uninvolved people?
4:30 Q3) Part 3 – What is considered a ‘crowd’ of people?
6:05 Q3) Bonus – Don’t commit trespass!
Here are some very useful links:
British Model Flying Association link to join:
British Drone Flyers link to join: (A BDF member is a BMFA member, with the same core support)
BMFA / BDF members link to take the RCC test as an alternative to the CAA Flyer ID:
BMFA / BDF Article 16 Authorisation details link:
CAA DMARES link for the Operator ID and/or Flyer ID: