CAA publishes breakdown of drone registration fee responses

- Matthew Trask | Commercial Drone Professional

caa, civil aviation authority, drones, drone, uas, uav, suas, commercial drone professional, commercial drone, drone regulations

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has published the response to a consultation on the proposed fee for the Drone Registration and Education Scheme (DRES) outlining the reasons for the fee change.

Originally, the proposed fee for annual registration was £16.50, which was then changed to £9.00 following pressure from the industry.

The consultation period ran from April 26 to June 7, 2019, opening the proposed fee up to feedback from the industry but the exact details of the feedback received were only made public earlier this month.

During the consultation period, the CAA received over 11,000 responses from the model aircraft community and drone hobbyists regarding the proposed fee.

In the new report, the CAA details the feedback they received to the initial fee proposed including the suggestion by model aircraft association members that they should be recognised as existing operators.

The report reads: “Members of BMFA, LMA, FPV and SAA will have to register and pay the fee but will be able to do so through their respective association.

“Following the initial trial, we will consider extending this arrangement in subsequent iterations of the scheme.”

After assessing the responses, the report adds, the CAA then identified savings in the projected running costs allowing them to reduce the fee.

“The CAA does not seek to profit from the scheme’s charges, but to recover running costs to enable its long-term sustainability and to cover improvements, to be defined in accordance with user feedback,” the report continued.

The estimated running costs for the service from November 5, when preregistration opened, until March 31, 2020 are estimated at £724k, with an ongoing annual cost of approximately £1.01m following that period.

Original article at Commercial Drone Professional, here.

IDRA Membership & Insurance

For more information about the International Drone Racing Association (IDRA) and how to become a member, please visit our website or find us on all social media platforms. As the world's largest association for recreational and commercial pilots, IDRA is the premier provider of primary liability insurance with worldwide coverage. This is a great and affordable service that we provide IDRA Members around the world.

Join IDRA Now!

If you need applicable and affordable insurance for your drone event (training, education, demos, exhibits, races, etc.) and/or an upcoming Commercial Drone Project please contact us as well.

Just Need Insurance?

As always, stay safe, have fun, and we'll see you at the next race!

0 views0 comments
Subscribe Now

Receive email updates, daily news, weekly newsletters, and top stories around the drone industry.

Thanks for submitting!