United Kingdom moves to classify drones as aircrafts

United Kingdom moves to classify drones as aircrafts

Around 130,000 owners and operators of drones in Britain were told Tuesday that they would have to register their flying machines by the end of November or face a fine of up to 1,000 pounds (1,289 US dollars).

Drone users must visit this website here to access the new system.

The rules apply to drones or model aircraft weighting between 250g and 20kg.

Children and adults wanting to fly the gadgets from November 30 will have to take the test to show they can do so "safely and legally".

It's trying to avoid a repeat of last year's Christmas drone incident that stalled flights at Gatwick Airport.

This fall, the police investigation into the Gatwick drone shutdown found that at least two drones had been involved.

In March, it was made illegal to fly a drone within three miles of an airport, rather than the previous 0.6-mile (1km) exclusion zone.

The scheme, launched by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) this week, will create a central register of all drones operated in the UK.

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All drones must be labeled with the operator ID.

Individuals must be aged 13 or older to obtain a flyer ID.

In order to pass, drone pilots need to score 16 out 20, and there is no limit to the amount of times a pilot can take the test. The test is free, and can be taken any time.

The Civil Aviation Authority says everything needed to pass the test can be found in The Drone and Model Aircraft Code.

"The service is about giving something back to the community, helping responsible drone owners and operators to be reunited with lost drones and continue flying", said Nicholson.

Registration of drones will cost 9 pounds (11.6 USA dollars) a year and also give access to the Drones Reunited platform which is a new scheme also launched Tuesday.

"With over a quarter of drone owners admitting to having lost their drone, this service at dronesreunited.uk will be able to help reconnect owners with their lost devices thanks to the new United Kingdom drone registration system", said the CAA.

Anyone losing a drone is advised to post their details on the Drones Reunited platform, while anyone who finds one is encouraged to check if it has a registration number and enter the details online.

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