If you have a drone over 249g and live in the UK you will find you are quite restricted and you may think you need to take further qualifications such as the A2 CofC to allow you greater freedom, Sadlyat the end of 2022 that will be useless! However there is another option which as a hobbyist drone pilot you NEED to know about. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below !

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  1. David Harle on October 12, 2021 at 8:19 am

    I joined FPVUK based on one of your earlier videos and don’t regret it. Of course I only did it in case I decided to buy myself the Air 2/Air 2S. Still thinking about buying one.
    Oh and don’t forget FPVUK have an option for them to renew your Flyer/Operator ID in case you forget. Something that I took up because I knew that I would forget and of course the included insurance. Personally I think it’s an amazing deal, well worth it.

  2. Gimbal Golf on October 12, 2021 at 8:21 am

    The bigger debate is what constitutes โ€˜commercialโ€™ vs recreational. Caravanning in Yorkshire took some shots of the site, gave them to the owner free of charge for his own use. It was recreational for me, but as i gave the footage away it became commercial even though no monetary reward existed.

  3. lynch on October 12, 2021 at 8:24 am

    5-minutes after watching this i subscribe to FPV thank you very much ๐Ÿ‘

  4. courseitsme on October 12, 2021 at 8:25 am

    Bang on advice …I had a mini and upgraded to an Air 2S the other day only to find afterwards that I couldn’t fly it legally.without taking the additional CAA test…..DAMN!!!!….then I found your video…An easy test later and a score of 39/40 hour later I can fly legally and with lesser restrictions and expense than I would have had otherwise ….GREAT ADVICE, SPOT ON !!…SUBSCRIBED !!!

  5. Eyeup Aerial Solutions on October 12, 2021 at 8:26 am

    Be a little careful with the new relaxations. The automated functions are only allowed where the drone doesn’t move as part of the mode. So panoramic photos, yes, Active track, no. Waypoint, no. Interestingly, FPVUK themselves seems to have misunderstood some of the modes since they cite dronies as allowable. Because these involve the drone moving up and back then they would not be allowed under my (and others) understanding of the revised Article 16.

  6. Steve on October 12, 2021 at 8:27 am

    A2CofC is NOT a commercial certificate of competence and you are wrong to say if you want to operate commercially you must have it.

  7. Andrew MacLean on October 12, 2021 at 8:28 am

    Having read the new Article16 from the FPVUK website, it seems that NONE of the autonomous modes quickshots, mastershots and focustrack on my Air 2S are allowed.
    I may use those autonomous modes that DO NOT move the drone but merely rotate it in place. That is a huge restriction.
    Your video seemed to suggest that they were all allowed. Have I got it wrong?

  8. Colin Watson on October 12, 2021 at 8:33 am

    Very well explained. Many thanks. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  9. Nobbygreen on October 12, 2021 at 8:35 am

    HI Gavin. Pretty much sums it up perfectly. Great video as always.

  10. richard kirk on October 12, 2021 at 8:37 am

    Hi great news – only been flying for 6 months so a newbee so to speak do you have a link on where and how I obtain this – this would be great get quite a few people looking down there nose at me when Iโ€™m flying so the more I have to back what I do is not wrong the betterโ€ฆโ€ฆ
    Kind regards sorry I just see the link I have my other I d – do I just pay the membership for this and Iโ€™m good to go or do I have to do more test โ€ฆโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

  11. Dave on October 12, 2021 at 8:40 am

    Been with FPVUK for a few years now – They do appear to be working quite hard on our behalf, which is nice. Highly recommended ๐Ÿ‘

  12. Edward Adams on October 12, 2021 at 8:42 am

    Thanks, great video. Really useful for hobby fliers. Keep up the good work

  13. seenwiththenakedeye on October 12, 2021 at 8:43 am

    YouTube decided I needed to watch this video probably based on my search history. I must admit that after trawling through countless vids, it was a pleasure to watch yours. Clear, informative and well delivered. Thanks.

  14. Bibs on October 12, 2021 at 8:46 am

    Subbed. Umpteen videos on A2CofC, but I never heard abt Art 16 until youtube suggested your video. Crisp and to the point video. Joined FPV in 5 mins after you finished !

  15. David E Lamb Videography on October 12, 2021 at 8:47 am

    Great video and tip, Iโ€™m already with FPVUK but hadnโ€™t looked into article 16 ..thanks ๐Ÿ‘

  16. Keith Bown on October 12, 2021 at 8:47 am

    Thanks Gavin brilliant video and very informative I love flying my Air 2 itโ€™s a fantastic drone. But thingโ€™s are getting a lot harder and more complicated these days for us recreational drone flyers I just use my common sense and stay well clear of people and built up areas.

  17. Richard Heaton on October 12, 2021 at 8:49 am

    Another great video, I’ve joined FPV UK.
    Also had to do the IAA operator and flyer ID so I’m registered and part of EASA so I can fly in Europe now as the CAA isn’t recognised anymore , maybe worth doing a video about flying in Europe ๐Ÿ‘

  18. PBphotos on October 12, 2021 at 8:49 am

    I do like the idea of carrying the card and risk assessment, as it will help with any Joe Public confrontations. The PLI cover is worth the membership cost alone. Another informative video Gavin and no mention of that bloody crap Mini 3 video either !!

  19. Doug Cooper on October 12, 2021 at 8:57 am

    Excellent Video Gavin!! Thank You!!

  20. CHPDHP on October 12, 2021 at 8:59 am

    Great video Gavin as per normal.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  21. 3kdn on October 12, 2021 at 9:02 am

    Superb information and delivered professionally Gavin, i do have one question or even two maybe. In 18 months the A2 CofC is no longer in force and the Air 2 (Drones over 250 grams) returns to class 3, but does this mean that article 16 and the excellent negotiations that FPV have got for its members also comes to a end? And if i may ask does this ending of the A2 CofC affect the 250 gram or less category in any way? (Just joined the FVP excellent value for the insurance and card id alone, didn’t even realize it existed until this video) Regards, Sergent Slow.

  22. Drone guy 2020 on October 12, 2021 at 9:04 am

    Very informative, thanks

  23. Jonathan H on October 12, 2021 at 9:04 am

    Thank you so much for this video. I have joined FPVuk as a result.

  24. Muthasim Fuad on October 12, 2021 at 9:04 am

    Hi. I was thinking of buying the DJI air 2s. The section 16, does this allow me to fly it in built-up areas? Does the FPVUK allow me to fly the drone in parks. Etc. And how do I apply for this section 16…? Thank you.

  25. Drone Pilot on October 12, 2021 at 9:05 am

    The amount of people that don’t like article 16 half think it racing only and half are jealous because of the distances and do nothing but bad mouth article 16. I’ve even been told article 16 is being being scrapped. Thanks for the video wicked to hear I’m on the right track with article 16.

  26. Christopher J on October 12, 2021 at 9:05 am

    nicely explained.. thanks for sharing.

  27. RMTV77 on October 12, 2021 at 9:06 am

    Well said. So many people think if they get the A2 Cof A they can then fly over people and buildings. Didn’t they learn anything from the course they just did and paid for. Apart from get down to 50 mtrs closer to buildings That’s about it. Complete waste of money and time. And in 2 years time they can bin it. Either fly out in open fields with your bigger drones or get the mini and have much greater freedom

  28. STEEL CITY DRONE PILOT on October 12, 2021 at 9:08 am

    Hey dude I’m a member with bmfa and I fly article 16 and have the A2 CofC. So I’ve been flying the 30 metres too. I think it’s ยฃ40 or ยฃ50 per year so when mine runs out I think I’ll join fpv UK ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

  29. rick racine on October 12, 2021 at 9:08 am

    Im in Canada but i watch you vids anyway to give ya support

  30. Drone City on October 12, 2021 at 9:08 am

    Absolutely brilliant.. I was about to pay 80 quid for my A2 CofC and yes for commercial flying it’s better, but as a hobby flier article 16 is far far better and gives you more access.. Just joined FPVUK and saved myself 60 quid and I’ve got 5 million PLI thrown in.. Winner Winner Chicken dinner.. Again thanks Gav for proper advise and if you do get a kick back… GOOD.. At least your not pushing fookin ND filters nobody needs ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ™„

  31. johnny mac26 on October 12, 2021 at 9:12 am

    just done it and joined be mad not to do this. Gavin good man as always top notch knowledge.

  32. Portsmouth Aerial Media on October 12, 2021 at 9:13 am

    Quality video Gavin, could you explain flying in a recreational area in a built up area please, under article 16 could I take off from a beach promenade in a built up area as long as I keep 15M from uninvolved people for take off and landing ?

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