Your drone could soon be grounded if you don't have a license - here's how to get one

If you have a drone that weighs over 250g, that is, until the end of November to register it with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). After the expiration date, flying it without a license would be illegal and you could be fined up to £1000 for doing so.

The new Ji Mavic mini just scratches under the weight limit of 249g, which is no coincidence, but most other consumer drones (including the Ji Mavic Air, the Ji Mavic 2 Pro, and even the little Ji Ignition) must be registered.

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The CAA hopes the law will not only make sure people know how to fly their drones safely, but also help recover lost drones. Each registered drone must display an operator ID that can be used to identify its owner if they go astray.

How to register your drone

If you want to fly drones weighing more than 250g, you need to get a flyer code by filling out online test , containing 20 multiple choice questions. The passing score is 16, but you can take the test as many times as you like, and it's free to do so.

The test covers all aspects UAV and model aircraft code, including flying safely and responsibly, knowing where you can fly, and protecting the privacy of others.

If you own a drone, you will also need an operator code, which costs £9 and must be renewed annually. You can apply for an operator code when you have passed the theory exam.

The operator code must be clearly displayed on all your drones. It should be visible clearly without special equipment (so you can't use a QR code, or put a label on the inside), be written in block letters larger than 3mm, somewhere on the body it is unlikely to be damaged, and be easy to read when the drone is on the ground.

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For more information, check out the drone safe website.

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