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41 Comments

  1. Connor S on September 25, 2020 at 11:22 am

    It cost about $2500 AUD (1300 Pounds or US$1700) for me to get my license in Australia. And then if you want to do commercial work on your own or fly at night, it’s another $2000 or so.

  2. Garry Bell on September 25, 2020 at 11:26 am

    Great reply to the CAA email, it gets so frustrating constantly jumping through hoops, not to mention the increasing costs for renewal. When it now seems that quite a few people seem to think that now they’ve paid their £9 to register, they can take on commercial work because they’re “CAA approved” drone operators. I hate to say it, but it’s going to take one of these people causing injury or damage, and obviously null and void insurance, for the powers that be to start regulating commercial work properly.

  3. Mark Purmal Photography on September 25, 2020 at 11:26 am

    I’m with you, fed up being squeezed for cash from the CAA. You didn’t mention the new operators fee from the CAA, another £9.

  4. Pavlo Yavorskyi on September 25, 2020 at 11:26 am

    My course in Poland cost $ 500. I have been waiting for permission to study for 3 months. Because I am not a resident. After half a year the price dropped to 300$.

  5. Epic Moments on September 25, 2020 at 11:27 am

    Rip of britan what’s new

  6. Eddie Gomez on September 25, 2020 at 11:29 am

    Yep, I spent 2 weeks reading some FAA recommended guides. And took the test, it was pretty easy.

  7. hgwells 1899 on September 25, 2020 at 11:30 am

    Does monetized drone footage on YouTube count as "commercial" ? CAA, UK?

  8. Dirt Therapy Down Under on September 25, 2020 at 11:30 am
  9. Wayne Harrison on September 25, 2020 at 11:31 am

    How will Brexit, if and when it ever happens, affect you? If you have to cross the Channel, or even go to Ireland, will your credentials be valid there any longer? Or will you have to get one license for the UK, and another one for the EU?

  10. Larry Schad on September 25, 2020 at 11:32 am

    As a recreational drone pilot I had to pay a $5 registration fee, good for three years, or $1.67/year….if that helps.

  11. Drone Cinematography on September 25, 2020 at 11:33 am

    What a hassle to get it done! I thought the Netherlands was the breeding chamber of bureaucracy.
    Well, halfway 2020 we get European regulations with tons of new rules and hobbyist need to register their drones as well.
    Only good news i could find is that then we are allowed to fly above urban areas… ^^

  12. nate gordon on September 25, 2020 at 11:35 am

    I looked into this a few months ago and jumped onboard with Drone Pilot GS.

    Of note is that the entrance fee is for life, which is great because there isn’t any rush to move through the material as well as…included access to any updated material when you have to renew the Part 107 certificate (I believe it is every 3 yrs, and an additional $150 a whack)

    Good stuff. The rant was well-deserved. 👍🏼👍🏼

  13. Adrian Alford Photography on September 25, 2020 at 11:40 am

    Yep absolutely ridiculous- it’s purely a test set up to turn people off drone flying, not safety increasing and a money grab. The other test is far more rational and practical as you explained

  14. Subsonic Flight Training on September 25, 2020 at 11:40 am

    Wow, I had no idea the requirements in the UK are so restrictive and expensive. Because I am an ATP rated pilot, all I had to do for the Part 107 Remote Pilot certificate was go to the FAA website, study the content, and take the 37 question exam online. I got 100 on it and I think you have to get 100 on it. Then, you are issued the course completion, which I took to my FAA FSDO inspector who monitors me as an FAA Examiner on the Boeing 747, and since I take recurrent training and checkrides for my proficiency, a Flight Review is not needed. Cost was zero, however Stewart I did purchase your course because that content is valuable and I am enjoying the Masterclass 2.0 you put together. Focusing on terminology and rejecting an ops manual document is crazy, that happens at an airline level, so they are treating you like you are British Airways, that’s nuts…

  15. Jason Ross on September 25, 2020 at 11:40 am

    What kind of microphone are you using to make this video? The quality sounds great!!

  16. Grumpy's Channel on September 25, 2020 at 11:42 am

    Shame, isn’t that so many have to suffer for so few idiots. My opinion is that you should only have to go through all that if you were doing real commercial work. Not YouTube videos.

  17. Gerardo Paz on September 25, 2020 at 11:42 am

    Looks like the idiots that "regulate" are just a bunch of professionals that wants to stay alone in the bussiness..for sure they are "regulating"…

  18. Steve J on September 25, 2020 at 11:45 am

    WOW!!! So glad I’m a hobbyist………. Just wow!

  19. Jeremy of New Scotland on September 25, 2020 at 11:46 am

    In Canada we don’t have a separate licence for corporate vs hobby; the difference here is between basic and advanced which dictates how close to airports and people. Our cost is only 15 dollars for basic, we beat America!

  20. Hugh Mobley on September 25, 2020 at 11:47 am

    cost me $103 for school and $92 for FAA test, took a couple of weeks

  21. P K on September 25, 2020 at 11:49 am

    Yes it’s a lot of
    competition a lot of bottom feeders too, it’s very tough industry. You should be happy it’s so much harder and more expensive in UK

  22. Phantom and the Drone on September 25, 2020 at 11:49 am

    Wow, talk about RIP off Britain! And I can guarantee that most of those 5000 pfco holders aren’t individuals, but huge corporate companies that employ drone pilots to fly under their commercial right. The drone consolation this year proved that with only 1800 submitted pieces of evidence. The whole situation in this country has become a joke when it comes to drones or uav’s, with the cost being set so high that only huge businesses like Amazon, uber and the bbc able to keep up!

  23. John Coffield on September 25, 2020 at 11:51 am

    I’m a part 107 here in the US and I feel your frustration, I’m a little less frustrated having heard what you had to go through. I agree whole heartily with paying for a drone pilot ground school rather than use the free guides. Its an additional cost but you will pass with ease your first time and despite having to learn some things that you don’t feel are necessary you will be a better pilot for it.

  24. James Maloney -JPM DIGITAL MEDIA GROUP on September 25, 2020 at 11:51 am

    At least $2500 here in Australia…a complete joke.

  25. spook on September 25, 2020 at 11:55 am

    Getting a license to drive a car or even a truck is easier. But kmon those are safe and not killing hundreds daily compared to dangerous drones.

  26. Dream Creator on September 25, 2020 at 11:55 am

    The fact that more than 100,000 Part 107 remote pilot certificates have already been issued in the U.S. shows the bar has been set too low it seems.

  27. Frank Burch on September 25, 2020 at 11:57 am

    Last week I purchased and viewed an online video course for $125. This week I took the test, passed it and submitted my application to the FAA. Now I’m just waiting for the license to arrive. It couldn’t have been easier.

  28. William C Allen on September 25, 2020 at 11:57 am

    We in Canada are rapidly heading your way. Face Palm.

  29. Gilbert Rodriguez on September 25, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    I love your channel man. Keep moving forward!

  30. Tim McGee on September 25, 2020 at 12:03 pm

    Holy crap, Stewart! That’s insane! I don’t blame you for your rant one bit. It seems like they are basically just trying to discourage commercial drone work there. I studied on my own for my Part 107 test, and did very well. The guy at the test center said it was the highest score he had seen (I missed 2). That being said, if I had it to do over again, I would definitely use Drone Pilot Ground School. As I was studying, the more I learned, the more I dug into more details – stuff I didn’t necessarily need for the test, but found interesting. I’m sure my study time would have been a lot shorter with the school. I have to renew next spring. We’ll see how much I remember!
    Thanks for all these great videos. I appreciate them even more now that I know what you have to go through there!

  31. Alex Harding on September 25, 2020 at 12:03 pm

    I pay about the same to insure my car.

  32. Grumpy's Channel on September 25, 2020 at 12:03 pm

    🙂 Sounds like the UK is more of a money maker than a safety thing. While Ours may be a little cheaper, the Gov Natl parks do not allow flying in THE most beautiful places in the US. I’ve been taking the courses, but have stayed Hobbyist because of all the cut throat price cutting drone pilots. And I’m the real Grumpy!!! 🙂

  33. Robert Hawtin on September 25, 2020 at 12:04 pm

    It’s really rather sad, isn’t it? BobUK.

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  35. Josef on September 25, 2020 at 12:05 pm

    $1500. Socialism at work.

  36. Neil Hargreaves on September 25, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    In Australia, as long as you’re flying something <2kg and in a low risk environment (clear of airport approaches and people, etc) then currently all you need do is notify CASA.

    If you want to operate >2kg or fly outside of the "Standard Operating Conditions" you require a Remote Pilot Licence (~AU$3000 including a radio operator certificate) and an RPA Operator Certificate (your procedures and manuals) which comes in around the $1800 mark). RePLs are perpetual, but ReOCs cost $460 for a 3yr renewal).

    As of next year, Australia is bringing in mandatory registration of all drones, starting with the commercially operated ones. Costs haven’t been confirmed, but they are anticipated to be in the region of $160 per drone per year for commercial operations. These costs would be in addition to the establishment costs above.

  37. Drone Film Guide on September 25, 2020 at 12:10 pm

    Hey! What is the licensing like in your country? More expensive than $150 in the US but cheaper than $1,500 in the UK. Fortunately there are some much better training companies here in the UK but it still costs around £1k to go through the motions. Better than when I did it 5 years ago but still pricy, not to mention the £253 CAA registration fee.

  38. Chris Edwards on September 25, 2020 at 12:12 pm

    The whole 15-minute rant, please! (Or better still, where do I sign for the full half hour…?)

  39. David H Bedenham on September 25, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    Commercial drone operators in the UK should form an alliance, so that they have some political clout to get some of the CAA documentation and financial nightmare changed. It is a ‘restriction of trade’ issue. Everyone agrees that safety has to be considered, but this system is ridiculous.

  40. Mark H on September 25, 2020 at 12:16 pm

    Whoa! I have a much greater appreciation for what we have here in the US , I had no idea what you have to go through over in the UK…crazy!! Thank you for the video!

  41. Ray Hollands on September 25, 2020 at 12:19 pm

    Hi,
    What do you think of these resent UK drone rules and can you carry over your existing approval?

    Looks like they are thinking about removing the PFCO – making everyone planning to fly a drone, to have to pay £9 per year, which includes an online test, as part of this registration process.

    In my book, I would be happy with the £9, if it was valid for 5 years, not 1 year! That would put it on a par with registering a drone in the US, that’s $5 for 5 years, but the part 107 is a separate option for commercial users only. £9 would therefore reasonable, considering it includes the official paperwork to do commercial work!

    Where do you stand on this?

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