What can I fly with an A2 CofC in the A1 Transitional Provision?

The A1 Transitional Provision is for 'Legacy' drones between 250g and 500g

Between 31st December 2020 and the 31st December 2022, you will be able to fly your Legacy Drones that are between 250g and 500g in the A1 Subcategory of the Open Category if you have an A2 Certificate of Competency.


Legacy drones are drones that were placed on the market before 1 January 2023 and bear no Class markings (C0, C1, C2, C3 or C4).


A1 Transitional

Operating Area
  • No intentional flight over uninvolved people
  • Legacy Drones (placed on the market before 1 Jan 23 with no Class) with a flying weight between 250g - 500g
    • e.g. DJI Mavic Mini (with prop guards), DJI Spark, DJI Avata, DJI Mavic Air (1), Parrot ANAFI
  • 31 Dec 2025
Operator Registration Required
  • Yes
Competency Requirements
  • CAA Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Service
    • Flyer-ID
  • A2 Certificate of Competency


What happens after 31 December 2025?

After 31 December 2025, you will no longer be able to fly Legacy drones between 250g and 500g under the A1 Transitional.

You will only be able to fly legacy drones between 250g and 500g in the A3 Subcategory which is:

  • Drones must not be flown within 150m of residential, commercial, industrial or recreational areas.
  • No uninvolved people present within the area of flight

In simple terms, you will only be able to fly in a large field that is far from people and you must not fly in that field if people who are not involved with your flying activity are present - so this excludes most if not all parks.


Please note: The CAA is currently consulting as to extend the Legacy Transition period beyond the current date of 31st December 2022.