To fly the DJI Spark you need do the Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Service and if you want to fly closer to people you need to complete the A2 CofC Drone Course
There are a number of things to be aware of depending on what training you currently hold and how you wish to fly. To get the most out of the DJI Spark from 31st December 2020 onwards, we highly recommend the A2 Certificate of Competency.
Until 31st December 2020
Where Can I Fly?
Drone pilots should follow the Drone Code or permissions granted by their PfCO.
If you wish to get a PfCO, you can currently still get a PfCO by doing any of our GVC Drone Courses.
By doing a GVC Drone course you can apply for a PfCO (pre-31st December 2020) and you can get an Operational Authorisation (after 31st December 2020)
Do I need to register my drone?
Yes. You will need to do the Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Service to get your Flyer ID and your Operator ID because the DJI Spark is over 250g.
After 31st December 2020 (Transitional Period)
Where Can I Fly?
A3 Subcategory of the Open Category
First, you will need to be registered under the Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Service. This means you will need to sit the online test on the CAA’s website.
You can then fly with no uninvolved people present within the area of flight; No flight within 150m horizontally of residential, commercial, industrial or recreational areas.
A1 Transitional Provision
Complete an A2 Certificate of Competency (A2 CofC) and fly 'closer to people with no intentional flight over uninvolved persons. There is no limitation on proximity to buildings, only people.
You will first need to have completed the Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Service.
What Happens If I Have a PfCO?
Holders of a PfCO valid beyond December 31, 2020, can operate under the terms of the permission, until their renewal date. When you renew you will be issued an Operational Authorisation with similar permissions to the legacy PfCO.
From 31st December 2022 (End of Transitional Period)
After the 31st December 2022, the A1 Transitional provisions end and you will only be able to fly the DJI Spark within the A3 Subcategory. Updated information may be released nearer to the time.