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New regulations for drone pilots in the EU

Johanna Koyser
04.01.2021
2 minutes

Even though WingMag is mostly about the big participants in aviation, today we would like to take a look at probably the smallest ones: Drones. The popularity of these UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) has been growing rapidly for many years. Where helicopters used to take aerial photos, for example, today it is often remote-controlled drones that take over this job. But more and more hobby pilots are also using drones. Now, however, a new EU-wide regulation is coming into force that is important for all drone pilots.

With the start of the new year, it is mandatory for every drone pilot to register their UAS. This applies as long as a camera or similar sensor is attached to it, which can be used to record personal data. It is completely irrelevant how large the UAS is. However, the registration of the drone should not be complicated. Users from Germany, for example, can register online on the website of the Federal Aviation Office. In the course of this, each drone pilot receives his or her own electronic registration number, which must be attached to the UAS. If you also have a remote identification device, the e-ID must be loaded onto it.

However, since issuing the e-ID can take a few days, an additional grace period applies until 30 April 2021. Until then, it is still sufficient if the name and address of the pilot can be found on the drone.

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by Johanna Koyser

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