Every person that flies a drone that is flown in the UK now needs to be registered with the CAA and you need to display a registration number on each drone that you have. This is called an operator ID. Just to add a little confusion in to the mix, if you are not a 'licence holder' (aka pfco) aaka - Permission for Commercial Operations then you'll need to obtain a flyer ID too. This is an on line multiple choice test with fairly basic questions that takes around 20 minutes to complete. If you fail it then you can straight back to it and fill in the missing correct answers that they give you. This is a little comical as basically it guarantees you to pass in 25 minutes (allowing for five extra minutes to get the answers you got wrong right that they tell you). It's not really an ideal test but the idea is good. I'm going to outline in another blog article of the key points to remember with a sample on line test that is based on the CAA's own test.

So if you don't have a PFCO then you'll need a flyer ID and an operators ID. If you do have one then you'll need just an operators ID. Here is the link below to register :


Here is how it works. Enter your email address and they'll send you a link. Click the link and take the test and then register for a flyers ID for £9 (price in Oct 19). 

Please don't be mistaken though. A flyesr ID isn't a commercial license and doesn't give you any more rights to fly than you had before. 

See our sample test here 



An American aerospace company, Bell has confirmed the 'Autonomous Pod Transport' (APT 70) drone has completed successful test flights.

Bell’s APT 70 is the first of an all new electronic vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) family of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV's) the company is developing. It can reach speeds of over 100mph (160KPH if you're outside the UK) and has a payload capability of over 30 kilograms. I'll have to shed a few stone before it can carry me and they aren't going to win any design awards for it for sure. It kind of looks like a huge DJI Inspire that someone has chopped in to pieces and glued back together!

The successful first autonomous flight of the Drone named APT 70 took place at a company testing site near Fort Worth in the United Staes. Bell says it plans  further testing under an ‘experimental type certificate’ from the FAA in the States throughout the rest  of 2019. It is not conformed yet when this might land in the UK.