CAA Clarification – Model Aircraft Flying -July 2020

There has been some confusion by some members both at PANDAS and other clubs as to what is now required to comply with the current CAA legislation.

Most of the new proposed legislation that could affect us, has being put back until 30th December 2020. I strongly suspect it will be put back again as we near this date, but we will have to see.

However, from 1st July 2020 (now), any aircraft that you fly that weigh over 250 grams, must display a CAA Operator Number. This has not been extended to the end of the year, like the other legislation.

Control line aircraft are exempt from the need to display an Operator Number or for the pilot to obtain a Flyer ID number (exemption document link below -1396):

The operator numbers last for one year from the date they were issued and you will have to keep an eye out for your renewal date. They will all be different, depending on when your operator number was issued.

If you fly aircraft, you also need to hold a CAA Flyer ID number or be exempt. This is what is commonly referred to, as the flying test. It has nothing to do with your practical flying ability and is a very basic knowledge test, to show you have some understanding of the current rules and legislation. The Flyer ID lasts for 3 years from the date of issue.

As below, if you hold any of the following and comply with the rules set out in the exemption document, you are exempt from needing to obtain a Flyer ID from the CAA:

  1. a) British Model Flying Association (BMFA) ‘A’ certificate (Helicopter, Fixed Wing, Multi-Rotor or SF), Basic Proficiency certificate (Helicopter, Fixed Wing, Multi-Rotor or SF), ‘Registration Competency’ certificate.
  2. b) Scottish Aeromodellers’ Association (SAA) ‘Bronze Standard’ (Fixed Wing, Thermal, Slope, Helicopter, Multirotor).
  3. c) Large Model Aircraft Association (LMA) ‘LMA Proficiency’ and ‘Theoretical Proficiency’.
  4. d) FPV UK Online Achievement.

To comply with the law, you must remain a current member of the organisation you hold the achievement/proficiency test with. If you let your membership lapse, you would need to obtain a CAA Flyer ID and do their online test (links below). You also need to have a copy of your organisation membership document with you, together with a copy of the actual current CAA exemption document -1395 link below.

CAA Exemption Document 1395 (issued 22nd June 2020 – expires 30th December 2020)
Drone and Model Aircraft Registration Team
Telephone: 0330 022 9930
Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm

If anyone has any questions or needs to clarify anything, please feel free to call or email me.

Martin Lynn,
PANDAS Chairman.
Mobile: 07802 725 231


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