UK Drone Registration: How to Register, Pass the Test & get your Operator & Flyer ID

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CAA Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Scheme. UK Drone registration scheme is now live and is mandatory from 30 Nov 2019. So here’s a tutorial for the whole registration process. How do you register your drone? What is the difference between an Operator ID and a Flyer ID? Do you need both? What’s involved in the CAA test and how to pass. All this and more unfolds in this video on possibly the most ill-thought bit of CAA legislation to date (IMHO)…

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  1. Aerosnapper on September 11, 2020 at 11:13 am

    Very clear and helpful. We have a similar regulatory system in Canada. However, each UAS over 250g has to be registered and marked. There are two ‘Flyer’ certs – Basic and Advanced (Latter substantially more challenging, includes practical flight test). Your video really helpful for visitors to UK who wish to fly. Thanks again.

  2. david carp on September 11, 2020 at 11:13 am

    Hi is it to late for registration if I do it today please ?

  3. Andre Govia on September 11, 2020 at 11:14 am

    good video Ian

  4. Usman Javaid on September 11, 2020 at 11:17 am

    I have both flyer I’d and operator I’d. I got mavic 2 now. Any separate registration for that or nothing

  5. Cool Blue on September 11, 2020 at 11:18 am

    Keep it Ian The hobby that is..All you guys seem so funny ..Indeed I am getting into the world of drone flying with a Hubsan Zino Pro ..I prefer this to the dji

  6. 1975supermike on September 11, 2020 at 11:18 am

    Hi ian if you own a drone over the 250g say like a gji mavic air or something and all you want to do is fly in the middle of nowhere no buildings people e.t.c what changes july 2020 ? Or does it stay pretty similar as it is now ? Thanks

  7. dave cox on September 11, 2020 at 11:20 am

    I have been flying drones for over 12 years had the very first DJI when they first came out. but love it when the government come up with stupid ideas just a money spinner, Don’t think the police are even up to speed in the uk on drone law,

  8. CrazyJacobReviews on September 11, 2020 at 11:23 am

    I am fuming,!! This is ridiculous. This is not about safety this is about control and making money for them!!! Another source of fucking revenue!!! Safety? I like safety I don’t mind safety, yes ok, I can go and register, but why do we have to pay for this?! This is relevant, we did not ask for this!? All this law about registration drones up to 20 kg have nothing to do with safety, this is not safe this is a revenue stream for them. This is another making money machine. I am fuming this bit when we have to pay for this registration it is relevant to our flying skills, doesn’t matter how much we pay we will fly, (we shouldn’t be paying a fee at all, ZERO!!!) which means the payment amount doesn’t matter in a safety issue. Which means we don’t need to pay for this!!! Because we didn’t ask for this. For sure this is illegal. I can rant all day and I really don’t wanna swear too much, have a good day everyone. Ridiculous.

  9. Steven D on September 11, 2020 at 11:24 am

    I have an operator I.D in the uk do I need the flyer I.D ?

  10. Beer Goggler on September 11, 2020 at 11:27 am

    Lol. Welcome to #BrexitBritain Expect more red tape, pointless laws, punitive bureaucracy and dumb government now we have left the EU.

  11. g4kfjve7kfj on September 11, 2020 at 11:30 am

    I have a very inexpensive quadcopter that falls in to the over 250g ,, doesn’t have any range finder etc , as a human being in my 70s how do I judge 400ft 50m and 150m how does one legally gauge these distancies ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
    also cannot find in the info ,,HOW TO DEFEND YOURSELF WHEN APPROACHED BY PUBLIC

  12. Lyn Smith on September 11, 2020 at 11:31 am

    Good video and I took the test last Sunday and passed.

  13. Nicholas Thomas on September 11, 2020 at 11:32 am

    Love your video, thanks for the information. I am getting a drone and down the line am considering trying to make a little money out of the hobby. Did I hear you mention something regarding regulations on that?

  14. bill53uk on September 11, 2020 at 11:33 am

    thinkng of starting flying rc planes, do i have to take both operators id and flyers id

  15. Elecifun on September 11, 2020 at 11:34 am


  16. 1975supermike on September 11, 2020 at 11:34 am

    Dumb question ian but how do you carry your flyer Id do you just print it off or make a card e.t.c ??

  17. Landscape around the world on September 11, 2020 at 11:34 am

    Hi Ian, I have register as fly an operator, but is I think to do ad work as wedding, how difficult is pass the test for a pilot drone, and do you think would Eni chance to have corse less than a 1000 £, other question, is the test difficult to past after the 2 days course? Appreciate your answer

  18. Ian in London on September 11, 2020 at 11:34 am

    So, it’s live. And it’s mandatory from 30 Nov 2019. What are your thoughts? (Be as expressive as you like……..)
    Sorry about the intro music sound level! 🙂

  19. Paul The Grump on September 11, 2020 at 11:34 am

    Hi just watched a video from a bloke who works in conjunction with the CAA
    He said that as from July 2020 if you’re drone is fitted with a camera irrespective of weight it will need to be registered .

  20. Dabueno on September 11, 2020 at 11:37 am

    Hi Ian I’m 13 years of age, and I’m buying a drone for Christmas. Do I have to be 18 to fly a drone?

  21. Chris Sup Uk on September 11, 2020 at 11:37 am

    Drone laws, new camper conversion laws wtf. They harp on about people getting out doors and enjoying life exploring kids getting out and taking interest in something other then a ps4 and xbox. Then they tax and regulate the fun making more people break laws that are just balls. Anything to give the government a big bonus for themselves

  22. Vin Lab on September 11, 2020 at 11:37 am

    Again the only people this will affect is the law abiding citizens that do this sort of thing for a hobby the little shits who have ruined this for everyone won’t be fazed at all because. 1) they’re drone is probably stolen. 2)they don’t give a toss and if they are caught they’ll be let off without a fine because they wouldn’t pay it anyway. and 3) they’ve broken the law for much more serious stuff than this so this doesn’t worry them at all ! I was born in this country and they’re petty laws and bloody awful rules make me tear my hair out it’s an absolute Nanny state again decent living people have been trodden on and obviously the powers that be have brought a law in and are making a small profit from it !

  23. Alan Reid on September 11, 2020 at 11:39 am

    Future local TV news…scenario …tv news crew standing outside the door of a house which has been smashed in by the police…policeman emerges …reporter asks "so how big is this drug factory"…police reply "sorry but it’s worse than that … think we may have a Bixler 2 or 3 here but not 100% sure which one it is …but this is definitely a ZOHD nano talon"….gasps and shock from the news reporter. lol

  24. Nick Baker on September 11, 2020 at 11:44 am

    You mentioned about getting a commercial licence without the need to take anymore tests, can you expand on this please?

  25. Perfect Linguist on September 11, 2020 at 11:44 am

    Money grab

  26. StickyIky on September 11, 2020 at 11:44 am

    Operator ID is automatically issued if you are part of a club… what about the flier ID?….

  27. Steve C on September 11, 2020 at 11:45 am

    How have the CAA got the right to charge us for selling our content? How would they know if we did. Cheeky bastards. Typically UK

  28. Frankie Fire on September 11, 2020 at 11:46 am

    Done mine today 20 out of 20 thanks for your help

  29. Techmaster276 on September 11, 2020 at 11:46 am

    been flying with no license for 1 year nothing happen

  30. Chris Wells on September 11, 2020 at 11:47 am

    Just came across your channel as a newbie to the drone world.

    I’m a photographer and looking to being able to get some professional drone shots.

    I have bought a Mavic Mini as a starter and familiarise myself on flying a drone and will upgrade once I get up to speed.

    I would appreciate any advice you could provide as to what registration, courses, licence, insurance that o will need and also costs involved

    Thanks in advance

  31. Jack Sutcliffe on September 11, 2020 at 11:49 am

    fun fact the questions dont change

  32. The Pixalator on September 11, 2020 at 11:50 am

    "Its a good idea to prepare for the test before you take it"….lol. Why, I’m only going to Google the answers!!

  33. Gary Jones on September 11, 2020 at 11:51 am

    This question may have been covered but I’ve probaly missed it I have 2 drones now so can I use the same ID on the new one as the old one?

  34. Tomek S. on September 11, 2020 at 11:51 am

    Thanks. I’m a beginner flying drones. Yes I did play with toy RC helicopters and drones but I’m stepping into quality drones. My DJI Spark is on his way.
    I just finished registration. I’m not going to argue about this. Last thing I want is get into trouble for £9 a year.
    Thank you for your help.

  35. David Colson 05 on September 11, 2020 at 11:52 am

    Absolutely stupid. There’s also £1000 fine if I don’t do it. Just another way for them to take my money.

  36. Luke Mcgee on September 11, 2020 at 11:52 am

    I just got a mavic air 2 👀 i wasent sure to do each test so i got the flyer id but fuck paying for something thats made up 😂 i just paid nearly a 1000 for this drone its madness

  37. Rayxl1 on September 11, 2020 at 11:52 am

    This registration thing seems to have faded out now. I’m a BMFA member with an ‘A’ certificate. I paid the money but no numbers were issued which you’re better off without anyway as they can’t trace a lost aircraft back to its owner and say the owner was doing something wrong.

  38. Blue angels Gta on September 11, 2020 at 11:52 am

    I am 11 and own a mini quad copter and am saving up for a mavic mini I can’t register so how do I do it my dad gets a operator thing and we lie about me age?

  39. 0067jon on September 11, 2020 at 11:54 am

    I have just the one Mavic drone but sometimes my son who is over 18 flys it as well.
    When we both pass the test do I need to register the one drone under both names if that’s even possible?

  40. Gareth Martin on September 11, 2020 at 11:54 am

    Liked and subbed, thanks.

  41. Gabriele Tarantino on September 11, 2020 at 11:55 am

    Thanks for this! This process is definitely easier than Italy.
    I have a question though. I have registered for both Operator and Flyer ID (I own the drone and I want it to fly). My partner (she’s older than 18 years old) registered for a Flyer ID only. Is she allowed to fly my drone? Does she need an Operator ID as well to operate the same drone? I think she needs a Flyer ID only but if you could clarify this point it would be appreciated.

  42. Stephen Richardson on September 11, 2020 at 11:57 am

    Basically the registration for both are ill thought out and an effort to get some cash, and of course we aren’t allowed to make any money despite it being in the same bracket as the more commercial type drones. After 3 years it won’t just be £9 a year that will go up and the free one for 3 years will also have a charge, and obviously cost more due to being 3 years. The rules 100% matter and registration matters, however it is obviously a very poor effort to extract money and is being informed. Over time the amount extracted will obviously increase…. I’m going to get into astronaut training it will probably be a cheaper hobby with better view in future 😂😂🤷🏻‍♂️

    Thanks for the video mate.

  43. JaayOnPC on September 11, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    Mavic mini + dont be a dickhead and respect other people when using it and you should be okay. And dont fly in stupid places..

  44. mihass4 on September 11, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    Hi how I can check operator ID flyer ID

  45. Craig C on September 11, 2020 at 12:03 pm

    Tax Tax Tax Tax Tax Tax Tax Tax Tax

  46. Tyler Oliver UK on September 11, 2020 at 12:05 pm

    I got 18 out of 20 first time no reserch

  47. David Sloan on September 11, 2020 at 12:07 pm

    It looks like a good way for them to make £9 every year and if it is for safety reasons it should be free. just looks like treating honest people like cash cows.

  48. Martin Graham on September 11, 2020 at 12:08 pm

    As someone who has only ever flown small toy drones until now, I understand the need for something like this as otherwise I’m likely to just fly anywhere without the thought of consequence. So, from an educational point of view, I think it’s a great idea.

  49. megabyte112 on September 11, 2020 at 12:08 pm

    So If I get a Mavic Mini which is under 250g, Do i not need any Flyer or Operator IDs?
    If not, then what if I add accessories that make it over the 250g limit?

  50. Mike Dowling on September 11, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    Thanks for the video – useful intro to getting the cert. Only got a Mavic Mini at the moment, but happy to get through the process in anticipation of bigger and better drones in the future! I’ve subscribed so hoping for more good mateiral 🙂

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