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10% DCC Members discount from The Drone ID Card!

5th August 2020

DroneID

We are proud to announce a collaboration with The Drone ID Card who supply bespoke Flyer/Operator ID Cards to drone and model aircraft enthusiasts. This partnership entitles Drone Cover Club Members to a 10% discount when purchasing an ID Card.

Each ID card issued comes with a unique-to-flyer QR code to verify your Flyer and Operator ID, which the CAA require you always have to hand when you are out flying ready to provide to the Police or any other official who may ask to see your documentation. The Drone ID Card allows you to easily fulfil this requirement in the form of a physical ID without having to produce your original CAA paperwork.

The company provide a variety of different card types to suit your needs, including options to add your own photo. You can find out more about the available card types and personalisation here.

If you are an organiser of a flying club, you can contact Drone ID Card to design a bespoke ID card featuring you club's name and logo free of charge. Club members can then order individual cards directly from The Drone ID Card via a unique website link.

Not only that, but they provide a Found Drone service. Providing a unique ID for your drone/model aircraft which people can enter into the Drone ID Card website if they find your equipment. Providing you are Registered, the finder can then message you through the site, meaning that it can be returned to you with relative ease.

If you are a Drone Cover Club Member and would like to find out how to claim your 10% discount for the Drone ID Card, log in to your Member Area to reveal your promo-code.

For details of other exclusive benefits to DCC Members head on over to the Member Benefit page to find out more.

New to flying? To obtain your personal Flyer / Operator ID you'll need to visit the CAA Registration Page. Don't forget to forward DCC the CAA Confirmation email containing your Registration information (including Flyer ID) to info@dronecoverclub.co.uk to validate your insurances.

Not a DCC Member yet? Why not change that?! Find out about joining us here.

Next year could be a big year for little drones…

1st July 2020

New European Drone Regulations

New European drone regulations are now due to start in the UK in December 2020 (following several delays due to the current pandemic). They are designed to align with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and build on the CAA and governments Drone and Model Aircraft Registration Scheme (DMARES) in the UK.

Under these new Regulation changes, three categories of operations will be introduced. These are Open, Specific and Certified, and relate to the level of risk involved in flying. There will also be a new intermediate level qualification called the A2 Certificate of Competency.

As recreational pilots almost all DCC members will be flying within the new Open Category, which is defined as follows:

Operations that present a low (or no) risk to third parties. Operations are conducted in accordance with basic and pre-defined characteristics and are not subject to any further authorisation requirements. To be in the Open Category flights must be in Visual Line of Sight, not above 400 feet using a drone with a take-off Mass less than 25kg.

To demonstrate this compliance drones that can be operated in the open category will bear a class identification label. Additional operational restrictions apply to each class of drone, in particular with regard to the distance that must be maintained between the drone and uninvolved persons and the level of Certification required.

The Open category has three sub-categories:

A1

  • For drones and othe unmanned aircraft which respresent low or no risk to people
  • Applies to C0 (less than 250g, max speed of 19m/s and limited to 120m (400ft) from the controlling device or toys) and C1 (either less than 900g or designed to transmit less an 80 Joules in a collision with a human head, with a max speed of 19m/s and designed and constructed so as to minimise injury to people) class drones
  • C0 class drones may fly over uninvolved people (but not crowds)
  • C1 class drones must not be intentionally fly over uninvolved people
  • Pilots must complete the CAA Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education System online registration and theory test

A2

  • Allows flight 'close to people'
  • Applies to C2 (less the 4kg, designed and constructed so as to minimise injury to people and are equipped with a low-speed mode) class aircraft
  • Overflight not permitted
  • Pilot must maintain 30m horizontal distance from univolved people
  • 5m horizontal distance permitted in a "low speed mode" of less than 3m/s
  • Legacy drones must maintain 50m horizontal distance from univolved people
  • Pilots must hold an A2 Certificate of Competency and have their drone registered with the CAA

A3

  • Allows flight 'far from people'
  • Applies to C3 (less than 25kg and possess automatic control modes) and C4 (less than 25kg which do not possess any automation, other than for basic flight stabilisation) class aircraft
  • No uninvolved people in the area of the flight
  • Must be 150m horizontally from residential, commercial, industrial or recreational areas
  • Includes privately built and legacy drones / aircraft which do not bear a class certification
  • Pilots must complete the CAA Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education System online registration and theory test

The standards also cover other aspects such as noise limits, height limits and requirements for remote identification and geoawareness systems.

What this means is that anyone with a small drone such as a Mavic Mini, or a FiMI X8 SE, will be able to fly much more freely than under current regulations. In the A1 category pilots are permitted to fly closer to buildings, in congested areas, and over uninvolved people (C0 class only and not over crowds). Bear in mind pilots are still expected to risk asses flights to be confident they will not endanger people and operators should be acutely aware of security and privacy considerations.

Members with larger drones, weighing up to 4kg, operating in the A2 category will be required to take the new A2 Certificate of Competency. This test will have 30 questions designed to assess knowledge of the technical and operational mitigations that address the added risks resulting from flying a slightly larger unmanned aircraft close to people. The tests will be provided by Recognised Assessment Entities and have to be retaken every 5 years.

If you have a larger drone and don't want to take the A2 Certificate of Competency, or if you have a legacy drone which doesn't have a class certification, you will still be able to fly in the A3 category; maintaining 150m distance from uninvolved people and residential, commercial, industrial or recreational areas.

So, when the new regulation take effect on 31st December 2020 recreational pilots armed with a small drone and a good understanding of the regulations, will be able to fly unhindered and confident in the knowledge they are not breaking the law.

Although these small drones are low risk, it's still important to have Public Liabilty insurance, as you never quite know what might happen. If you not already a DCC member find out more about our Drone and Model Aircraft Insurance.

For more detailed information about the new regulations, you can read the CAP 1789 - The EU UAS Regulation Package - Outline.

Seeing the world from a different perspective…

25th June 2020

Photo Competition Winner

With Summer well under way, our Spring/Summer Competition has come to a close. It has been great seeing things from your point of view and we have been sent some wonderful pictures. But a winner had to be chosen…

One of our Members, Steve Potter, is now the proud owner of a brand new Torvol Adventure Backpack! One of his winning shots is the banner for this very blog and you can see more of his stunning work over on his Facebook page.

As we said though, we have seen some fabulous images over the last month, so we just had to pick some Runners Up too. Below you will find a couple of shots sent in by our "next in line's" Shawn Le Lay and Lee Williamson. Photo Competition Runners Up

If you enjoy a spot of aerial photography whilst flying and would like to share your images, we are always happy to see them. You can send them through to: g.tate@dronecoverclub.co.uk, include your tags and handles and we will give you a shout out via our Social Media pages.

What does Spring look like to you?

15th May 2020

Spring Photo Competition

Spring has well and truly sprung and to celebrate we're offering you the chance to win a brand new Tovel Drone Adventure Backpack!

We know it's been tough this year, with the restrictions in place due to the coronavirus outbreak. Maybe you have not been able to get out and about as much as in previous years. But that doesn't mean you haven't captured some magnificent sights in your time!

We will be running a photo competition from 20th May - 20th June 2020 and we want to see Spring from your point of view. Who doesn't love a scroll through old photos? A little reminisce of pleasant times past? Whether it's the luscious greens of the English countryside, a sunset over a beach, or anything in between, we would be delighted to see your Springtime pics.

By entering this competition you grant permission for your images appear across DCC social sites and be used on our website so please do include your Tags and Handles if you'd like a shout out.

If your shot is chosen as our winning pic, we will send you a Torvel Drone Adventure Backpack.

If you want to get involved, send us your snaps! Send your winning pictures to: g.tate@dronecoverclub.co.uk. Alternatively, you can send them directly to us via Private Message on Facebook.

Up to three pictures per person can be entered into the competition, but if you would like to share more with us, we would love to see!

The Competition closes on 20th June 2020. We will chose a winner and contact them directly week commencing 22nd June.

The Torvel Drone Adventure Backpack (RRP £79.95) provides ample space for all your drone, DSLR camera, and travel necessities. It features a hard shell protection for your drone and camera gear.

ONLY the bag will be issued as the prize, there is no alternative or cash equivalent available.

Drone use during Lockdown

22nd April 2020

Drone Use During Lockdown

The Covid-19 Pandemic has changed the world we live in. It has highlighted the weakness and yet brought societies together (metaphorically speaking of course) as we all try to fight a common enemy.

On 23rd March the government issued clear advice that people must stay at home and avoid all non-essential travel.

We urge all DCC members to adhere to government advice by staying at home and, whilst we find ourselves in lockdown, we must concede that heading out to fly does not count as an essential trip. For most of us flying a drone at our place of residence would not be legal as we cannot fly withing 150m of a built up area. If you are lucky enough to live in the countryside and are able to maintain a minimum distance of 50m from any buildings or vehicles not under your control it may be possible to fly legally and safely at your place of residence.

In this unprecedented time we have seen technology come to the forefront of the battle and Drones are one of the many devices that are being used to help in the fight. For instance, in China and India, drones have been used to spray public areas with disinfectant. Here in the UK, Derbyshire Police Force used Drones to shame people who were flouting the social distancing guidelines that have been in place since 23rd March. It has even been reported that a drone was used by a man in Cyprus to get his dog out for a walk, whilst he piloted it from the balcony outside of his quarantined home (please note this would not be legal in the UK where you cannot fly drones in a built up area).

This situation is one that is evolving rapidly; the Government website is the best place to check for current advice and information regarding Coronavirus. These are difficult times for many and we wish all our members well, if we can be of any assistance please do not hesitate to please contact us and we'll do our best to assist you. Stay safe, stay well and stay at home!

Covid-19… Managing Social Distancing

23rd March 2020

Coronavirus Advice

It is strange time at the moment due to the unknown of the Corona Virus (Covid-19) and the social distancing measures being put in place. But what does that actually mean and how could it affect our Members?

The Government website is the best place to check for current advice and information regarding Covid-19.

Social distancing is a measure to keep people out of crowded areas and therefore includes things like temporarily preventing socialising in public places, such as entertainment and sports events, reduction of non-essential public transport, closing educational facilities and recommending home working.

As such, you should be aware that many events and public gatherings are being cancelled. If you know of any events/shows being cancelled in your area, why not Tweet or Facebook us so we can pass the message on to other members.

The virus is known to affect older people and people with existing ill health conditions and is highly contagious, therefore if anyone in your household are showing symptoms everyone is (at the time of publication) being advised to stay at home and self-isolate for 14 days, in order to better establish whether they are suffering from the disease.

If you are feeling well in yourself, you can take advantage of your one outing a day for exercise. If you live in or near the countryside, getting out in the fresh air either on your own or with your household could be a nice way of dealing with less social interaction. So if you want to fly, you can still head out and find a quiet spot.

Don't forget the CAA's drone flight rules;

  • Always keep your drone in sight
  • Stay below 400ft
  • Every time you fly your drone you must follow the manufacturer's instructions
  • Keep 50m away from people and properties
  • Keep 150m away from crowds and built-up areas
  • Stay away from aircraft, airports and airfield as endangering an aircraft is a criminal offence

Whilst out, you will still need to be aware of your personal hygiene. So do bear in mind that the virus has been found to live on certain surfaces for differing lengths of time, therefore we would advise using hand sanitizer after using stiles or gate latches, or wearing gloves for the duration of your outing and washing them in a hot wash on your return. You should be aware of sharing items such as control handsets and things used close to your face, such as FPV Goggles. Avoid touching your face and remember to clean controllers with alcohol wipes and to wash your hands with soap and hot water on your return home.

If you do end up in self isolation, you could always set up a home drone track, or practice some control skills that you never quite mastered. With technology at your fingertips, even in isolation you do not have to be alone, stay in touch with family and friends via video calls. Keep up to date with latest news and views and remember "This too shall pass."

If you start to feel unwell stay home, if your symptoms progress call 111 for medical advice. We wish all our Members well.

The Magic of FPV Flying…

29th January 2020

First Person View

FPV, or first-person viewing, means that you see what your drone sees in real-time. It allows you to fly further and faster without getting confused about orientation. It is an immersive out-of-body experience, fully under your control.

If you want to see the world from a different angle, it is worth taking flight. Fly your own way. You should bear in mind that you'll need to ask a friend to come out with you as, for legal reasons, someone always needs to have eyes on your drone.

First Person Viewing potentially means that it can be easier to keep track of your drone, seeing as you are flying with it, rather than having to keep an eye on it from a distance. However, accidents can still happen. An unaccounted-for gust of wind might knock you off your path and you may still find yourself digging through undergrowth.

Because we know that nothing is completely preventable, no matter how much care you take, we provide our Members with optional Accidental Damage, Loss & Theft insurance for drones, model aircraft and auxiliary equipment:

"Cover is provided for Multirotor and Fixed Wing Remote Controlled Model Aircraft, Payloads and Ground Equipment with a combined replacement value, as new, of up to £5,000."

Our Accidental Damage and Loss insurance covers flight (including flyaways) and whilst being stored or transported (terms and conditions apply).

If you would like to find out more you can head over to our Accidental Damage, Loss and Theft page.

All I want for Christmas…

11th December 2019

Christmas Drone

Do you know someone who tends to see things from a different point of view? If so, a Drone could make a perfect gift for them this Christmas!

If you are thinking of gifting a drone, there are a few things to consider to ensure your loved one can really make the most of it.

Different drones will suit different people based on their age, abilities, and likely use. For example, if you are buying for a child they may want to just fly it around like a remote control toy, so heading to a toy shop will probably do the job. But if it is a teen you are buying for, they may want the drone to take selfies or action photos - so they'll need one with a camera; some drones are even specially designed to follow sporting events!

If you're buying for a photography buff, a drone that is easy to fly and has an excellent camera will be a good option and if the lucky recipient is a model airplane or aviation enthusiast, a faster racing drone that uses First Person View (FPV) goggles to steer might just be the winners choice. For the hands on and technical type, you could even consider looking into a make-your-own drone kit!

The other thing you might want to share is the gift of Piece of Mind! After all, anything can happen, even to the most experienced of flyers, let alone new ones! So why not consider purchasing a Drone Cover Club Membership to compliment your gift?

Every DCC Member is provided with:

  • £12 million Public Liability cover
  • £10,000 Personal Accident cover
  • FREE Personal Accident and Injury Solicitors Service

Plus a range of Optional Extras to build the perfect membership package including:

  • Accidental Damage Cover for Drones with a value up to £5,000
  • EU and Worldwide Travel Extensions
  • Enhanced £50,000 Personal Accident cover
  • Loss of Income cover up to £300 per week

Purchasing membership someone else is a simple process - just head to the Buy page and put in their name / dob / address. Make sure you use your email address though, so the confirmation comes to you and you can either forward it on or print it to give with the drone on Christmas day.

One thing to consider if you are going to be buying a Drone for someone else, is that they will need to be aware of new CAA regulations - more information can be found on the DCC blog post New CAA Regulations.

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

13th November 2019

CAA Theory Test

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

Drone Test

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

Brexit and DCC

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!

treetops

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?

Flying with Friends

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