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UAS Operator Registration and Requirements under EU Regulation

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In response to evolving regulations for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the European Union, this guide addresses key aspects of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/947 enforced on December 31, 2020. Focusing on UAS procedures for operator registration. 

UAS Operator Registration Mandates in Specified Criteria

Starting from the enforcement of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/947 on December 31, 2020, all operators of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), including both recreational users and professionals (including modelers), are required to register as operators when utilising UAS falling into the specified criteria:

  1. For UAS used in the Open Category, registration is mandatory for unmanned aircraft:

    • With a Maximum Takeoff Mass (MTOM) of 250 g or more, or having the capability to transfer kinetic energy greater than 80 joules to a human in the event of a collision.

    • Equipped with a sensor capable of capturing personal data, unless it complies with Directive 2009/48/EC (“Toys Directive”).

  2. For UAS used in the Specific Category, registration is required regardless of the mass of the unmanned aircraft.

Registration Process and Requirements for UAS Operators

Operators are required to complete registration in their Member State of residence or the location of their economic activity, with dual registration in multiple states strictly prohibited.

Facilitated by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the registration process is not only free but also seamless through their electronic platform. Utilizing a digital certificate ensures an automatic and immediate registration process, enhancing efficiency and expediency.

A distinctive touch of compliance, the UAS operator code generated during registration is mandated to be prominently displayed on all drones operated by the individual or entity, symbolizing adherence to regulatory norms.

Obligations for Authorised Operators: UAS Operator Code, Specific Declarations, and Insurance Coverage

For authorised operators under the provisions, securing a UAS operator code is a mandatory and integral step.

In scenarios involving operations falling within the Specific declaration or LUC category, it becomes imperative to formally include the UAS in the comprehensive profile of the UAS operator.

Furthermore, it is of utmost importance for operators to proactively secure insurance coverage, specifically designed to address civil liability concerns against third parties. This insurance safeguards against potential damages arising from each flight, whether undertaken for recreational or professional purposes. This proactive measure not only ensures regulatory compliance but also underscores a commitment to responsible and secure UAS operations.


In essence, the article provides clarity on regulations and advocates for a commitment to responsible and secure UAS operations within the evolving EU framework. A harmonious blend of compliance, safety, and a shared passion for unmanned flight.