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How to take the Free CAA Online Theory Test without registering for an Operator ID

13th November 2019

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If you are a DCC Member resident in Ireland, resident in the UK but currently abroad or you fly UAV's owned by other people, you might be wondering how the new CAA rules affect you - the answer is that, unless you want to fly in the UK you do not need to pay the £9 registration fee for a CAA Operator ID.

That being said, DCC still require proof that you have taken the CAA Online Theory test (which is free) by the 30th November 2019 to ensure continuous cover.

To save any confusion, please follow our a step by step guide to taking the CAA Online Theory Test and obtaining your free Flyer ID without registering as an Operator and paying the registration fee.

Please visit the CAA Registration Page.

  • On left hand side click the link 'Registering yourself to use a drone or model aircraft'.
  • Scroll to bottom of page and click 'Next'.
  • Scroll to bottom of page and click 'Next Register and take the test to fly'.
  • Scroll down and click 'Start now'.
  • Enter your email address.
  • Check email for and enter verification code.
  • Select 'No, someone else will be responsible' and click 'Continue'.
  • Take the test.
  • After passing enter your details.
  • Forward us a copy of the confirmation email that you receive from the CAA.

To ensure continuous cover Members must successfully complete the CAA Online Theory Test and forward DCC the CAA Confirmation email containing Registration information (including Flyer ID) to info@dronecoverclub.co.uk. This process is applicable for any Member resident in Ireland, resident in the UK but currently abroad or those that fly UAV's owned by other people.

Changes to UK Drone Laws… CAA Registration & Education

4th November 2019

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The CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) is introducing new regulations for people who fly or are responsible for small unmanned aircraft, including drones and model aircraft. These new regulations apply to everyone who flies, owns or is responsible for a drone or model aircraft weighing between 250g to 20kg drones and model aircraft from 250g to 20kg and will be mandatory as of 30th November 2019.

You will need to pass an Online Theory Test if you want to fly outdoors.

There are three main requirements:

  • You will need to pass an online test if you want to fly outdoors. The test will be free and you will need to pass it every three years. When you pass the test, you will get a Flyer ID, which acts as your acknowledgement of competency as a remote pilot from the CAA. There is no minimum age for taking the test but children under 13 can only register with a parent or guardian present.
  • You will also need to register as an operator if you are responsible for a drone or model aircraft. There will be an annual registration fee of £9 to maintain your Operator ID. You must be aged 18 or over to be an operator.
  • All drones and model aircraft will need to be labelled with the operator’s unique ID number.

Registration is available from 5th November 2019 and becomes mandatory on 30th November.

To register, please visit the CAA Registration Page.

To ensure continuous cover Members must successfully complete the Online Theory Test / registration before 30th November 2019 and forward DCC the CAA Confirmation email containing Registration information (including Flyer ID and Operator ID) to info@dronecoverclub.co.uk

If the CAA Online Theory Test is not completed and, where applicable, members do not register their drone(s) / model aircraft, by 30th November they will be flying illegally and their DCC insurances will not be valid. To ensure insurances remain valid members must take the test / complete registration and provide us with their Flyer / Operator IDs.

Please note that DCC are aware that some other organisations members are exempt from taking the CAA Online Theory Test. We are talking to the CAA to see whether we can arrange an exemption for DCC members but, at the moment, the test remains mandatory.

DCC will not pass any members personal information to the CAA without seeking individual prior permission.

More information from the CAA can be found here: CAA Drone & Model Aircraft Registration.

Brexit… The Effect on our Members…

24th September 2019

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Nothing!

We are proud to offer our members a great range of benefits, including effective insurance benefits for recreational and hobby pilots at unbeatable value for money. And despite the turmoil and questions that my may be raised as we exit the EU, members of DCC can expect just plain old business as usual from our cover!

This will be a great relief to our customers, especially those in Ireland. Here at DCC we anticipated the possible effect Brexit could have on our members, and pre-empted any issues that may have arisen, therefore ensuring all members, whether in UK, ROI or will have continuous and seamless cover under the DCC membership.

We need you!

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5th September 2019

We would love to know more about YOU! Where does your Drone take you? Where have you been and what have you seen? Are you an Urban Explorer? Have you captured special memories at a loved one's wedding?

Would you be willing to tell us a little about what you've seen? If you can provide images or footage of your aerial views that would be fantastic!

Whether you have caught some magical moments, are a keen racer, have mapped your locality or just enjoy cruising - we want to hear from you!

You will be shouted to across our Blog spot and your images may also appear across our media platforms. If you would like to get involved, please email g.tate@dronecoverclub.co.uk or find us on Facebook or Twitter .

Flying this weekend?

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22nd August 2019

If flying is your passion, you might want to encourage friends or family to join you in the sky. But like with anything, flying an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with confidence and skill, takes practice.

It is a good idea to get out and use your drone/model aircraft within a safe space as often as possible. After all, practice does make perfect. But it is always better to be safe than sorry; accidently causing damage to property (or worse still, injuring a person!) or loosing/breaking your Drone can prove to be, not just a distressing experience, but an expensive one too!!

Here at DCC, we understand how important it is to our Members that they are sufficiently covered for every situation whilst flying. To give you peace of mind, every Member is covered under the DCC Master Policies for…

"Recreational flying of Multirotor and Fixed Wing Remote Controlled Model Aircraft up to 7kg, operated in accordance with the Drone Code and CAA Regulations & Guidance."

We offer as standard:

  • £12 MILLION PUBLIC LIABILITY COVER
  • £10,000 PERSONAL ACCIDENT COVER
  • OPTIONAL ACCIDENTAL DAMAGE, LOSS & THEFT COVER UP TO £5,000
  • FREE PERSONAL ACCIDENT AND INJURY SOLICITORS SERVICE

So if you and/or a friend need reassurance (on paper) we're just what you need! And better still, even if you are headed out today or tomorrow, we have got you covered!

Our fully automated online system makes joining DCC quick and simple. As soon as payment has been processed, and you have provided DCC with details of your CAA Online Theory Test Pass and Flyer ID, your Evidence of Insurance Certificate is available for immediate download!

You can even choose from a range of membership terms and a start date to suit you. Come on over and find out more: www.dronecoverclub.co.uk/insurance