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05 November 2019

CAA launch the DRES on Tuesday
Still many questions

The CAA have launced the DRES in the UK Tuesday morning which is part of the new legal framework of UAV flying in the country. The obligation of registration and competence test will enter in force on 30th November, although association members are exempt now. In fact the current framework could end or damage badly all international events in the country.

CAA launch the DRES on Tuesday

As the British Model Flying Association announced on the Facebook, exemptions  have been granted for association members (including Arpas UK, BMFA, SAA, LMA, FPV UK) until the next membership renewal term, association can be granted to register the member as part of the membership. 

BMFA competence test will be recognised as official competence test, members with "A" or "B" certificates are exempt from the CAA competence test as well. 

If a person is member of more associations or registered individually, no further registration is required. The DRES (Drone Registration and Education System) is running on this URL: https://register-drones.caa.co.uk/. It is true, the first day didn't go too well, many users trying the application had to face a software error.

The CAA have launched and "lost and found" registration system as well, where lost or found drones can be reported.

Questions to be addressed

UK residents can fly in the country with no other obligations than registration and passing the competence test, but what about the tourists and pilots from overseas arriving to an international event. First case is more or less obvious, because anyone who wants to fly any UAV in the UK is required to pass the competence test and being registered.

But pilots from overseas face a more difficult situation. Supposedly these regulations comply with the EU wide EASA regulations, therefore they have to be similar in all EU countries, but a pilot registered in other European country is required to register and pass a competence test again, because these regulations don't recognise the similar tests or registrations in other countries. 

If there is no reciprocal recognition among EU (and third) countries, that will cause the end of international events, because a pilot attending more events can either go through the similar processes in all countries or decide not to attend anywhere or attending less events. If there's no free form, this would mean huge annual costs to international pilots. Ridiculous, but this way it can be declared it is more bureaucratic to fly a drone or an RC model in another country than to drive a car - would it mean the UAV is more dangerous than driving a car according to the lawmakers?

Easy to predict, this is going to result the end of F3C Euro Series and the less popular international events. Fortunately this is still the current form of the regulations only instead of the final stage.