Drone users will face fines of as much as £1,000 if they fly their system with out passing a web-based concept test or registering as an operator, regulators have warned.
Children and adults eager to fly the devices from November 30 should take the test to indicate they can achieve this ‘safely and legally’.
Those who fail or who don’t register as a drone operator by that date will face a fine of up £1,000 beneath new laws from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
The registration scheme opens on Tuesday and applies to anybody accountable for a drone or unmanned plane resembling a mannequin airplane weighing no less than 250g.
Registrants can be given a singular ID which should be displayed on their units. The course of will value £9 and should be renewed annually.
The test could have 20 a number of selection questions, with candidates needing 16 appropriate solutions to go. It will be taken as many occasions as required.
Drone users should go to register-drones.caa.co.uk to entry the brand new system.
Department retailer John Lewis stopped promoting drones in May due to the chaos they are inflicting at airports.
Drone sightings at Gatwick in December final 12 months brought about round 1,000 flights to be cancelled or diverted over 36 hours, affecting greater than 140,000 passengers within the run-up to Christmas.
A lot of different airports have been pressured to droop flights for a number of hours as a result of drone exercise this 12 months, together with Heathrow.
UK Airprox Board figures present there have been 125 near-misses between drones and plane reported in 2018, up by greater than a 3rd from 93 the earlier 12 months.
In March, the drone no-fly zone round airports was prolonged from 1km (0.6 miles) to 5km (3.1 miles).
Dr Rob Hunter, head of flight security at airline pilots’ union Balpa, mentioned encouraging accountable drone use is ‘desperately needed to ensure a collision between an aircraft and a drone is avoided’.
He mentioned: ‘We have been calling for drone registration for some time now as we believe that in the same way that other vehicles – be it those in the air or on the ground – are registered, so should drones.’
The CAA’s new platform can even be used to assist return misplaced drones to their homeowners.
Anyone dropping a drone is suggested to submit their particulars on the Drones Reunited platform, whereas anybody who finds one is inspired to verify if it has a registration quantity and enter the small print on-line.
CAA assistant director of communications Jonathan Nicholson mentioned: ‘The service is about giving one thing again to the neighborhood, serving to accountable drone homeowners and operators to be reunited with misplaced drones and proceed flying.
‘Our aim is for the Drones Reunited platform to become an essential service for the drone community – the first port of call for anyone who has lost or found a drone.’