d-flight – drone registration
Update of 17.06.2020 – The registration of new drones also requires the entry of data relating to the RC policy of the drone (mandatory for all drones). Therefore, before following the steps reported in this guide, we recommend reading the article “d-flight news: Drone registration and Drone Operation Area” of the 4mydrone blog.
d-flight is the web portal through which it is possible to use a series of services for your drone, including the registration of the same. In fact, perhaps many of you do not know that the drone, whether used for leisure or for professional purposes, must be registered. Or rather, professional drones must be registered immediately, while leisure drones must be registered by July 1st, 2020.
The procedure, which is little bit complicate both operational point of view, takes place through the d-flight portal. So let’s see how to get the QR-Code to “stick” to our drone.
For those who are only interested in knowing the other functions of the wen d-flight portal, we recommend reading the article “d-flight – Italian web portal for UAVs registration” from the Blog.
d-flight – Registration to the portal step by step
First you need to register on the d-flight portal, if you have not already done so, the procedure in this case is simple.
Through the browser, search for d-flight (due to the contents of the legal policy of the d-flight website, it is not possible to link and/or report screnshoot of the various phases relating to the creation of the login and/or the drone registration. The accurate descriptions of the operating steps, described below, make the absence of images influential for the purpose of this guide).
Then to register, click on the top right corner on “Services” and a new screen will open.
Here, to register, select the “Go directly to registration” button in option 1 of the menu.
The data to register (login)
Once the option 1 button has been clicked, a form will open where you will have to fill in with your data:
- User type: Private or Company/P.A. (selections avaialble in the windows menu),
- Username (your choice),
- Email (your email, check PEC if your email is a PEC),
- Family name,
- Country of born (selections avaialble in the windows menu),
- Birth place,
- Date of birth (selection available with calendar),
- Fiscal code.
Note: It is important to select the type of user to be able to access the next form, otherwise the “Next” button will not be enabled. Once this is done, a second form is enabled, with other data to be filled in:
- Country of residence (selections avaialble in the windows menu),
- Region of residence (selections avaialble in the windows menu),
- Province of residence (selections avaialble in the windows menu),
- Place of residence (selections avaialble in the windows menu),
- Postal code,
- House number,
- Email PEC (if available).
Once the form has been filled in, by clicking on “Create“, another summary appears, where it is necessary to confirm and accept both the general data and the information on personal data, by ticking the relevant boxes.
After having fledged the “I agree” form box, click on the “Accept” button at the bottom right, and …. you are finally registered. Confirmation takes place through a screen pop-up, which reads:
“User successfully registered.
To activate the account, open the email sent to xxxxxx and click on the link. ”
Obviously, the account must be confirmed in the email received from the d-flight portal.
The email contains the login data (email address with which you registered) and a temporary password that will only be used for the first access. This must be changed immediately (the system requires it). To confirm the successful outcome of the activation, you will receive an additional email from d-flight.
Note the confirmation of the email address contained in the email received from d-flight must be confirmed within 12 hours of receipt in the email, under penalty of forfeiture of the procedure.
Furthermore, if you make a mistake, when registering, to type in your email address, and therefore you do not receive any email, you can repeat the procedure no earlier than 12 hours, because the system “freezes” your data.
So far the simple things. Let’s now see how to register our drone.
d-flight – Registrazione del drone step by step
Once our identity has been confirmed by clicking on the link in the d-flight email, and the access password has been changed, the system projects us towards the other services, showing us the pop-up shown during registration.
At this point we can associate the drone to our id, by clicking on the “Associate drone” button. A new form will therefore open where we should introduce data, which we will immediately specify to make this process less traumatic.
The data for register the drone
The screen that is displayed once the “Associate drone” button is clicked contains spaces for entering some data relating to the drone, so you must have the drone at hand.
Fields to fill in – what to enter
The data to be entered in the screen are as follows, and for each one it is specified from where to take them:
- Drone name: here we can put the name we want to associate with our drone. For example, if we have more drones it would be a good idea to assign them for <user-name-drome-name> (eg fabaff-mavicpro, fabaff-spark, etc.). Attention, once the name is assigned it is not possible to change it.
- Drone manufacturer: using the down arrow symbol or through the search, all we have to do is select the name of the manufacturer of our drone;
- Drone model: here too, with the same procedure as above, we select the model of our drone. Note that as a consequence of the choice of the type of drone the MTOM field is automatically filled in;
- Status: we select the operating status in which our drone is located, or one of the two items “Ready to Fly” or “Under Maintenance” (even if the question does not make much sense);
- Flight Controller: it is the code of the flight controller that we ignore, in the sense that we do not know it, so we introduce here the serial number of our drone;
- CGS: in this field we introduce the serial of the “Control Ground System“, that is our radio control;
- APR: we introduce here the serial number of our drone (as already done for the Flight controller field).
Once this is done, remember to check the box “I am an operator of this drone”, otherwise you will not have the possibility to print your QR code. Ignore the other fields, save and close. Automatically a new window will appear with the data compiled.
Now in order to activate the registration of the drone, you need to buy some mysterious “D-Coin“, through the d-dlight website. To be precise, you need 6 (or for an amount of 6.00 euros, in the case of a drone for free time, otherwise 96.00 euros are required for a professional drone – 24.00 euros for annual subscription only), to be able to register the drone.
Then selecting the menu on the top right with the mouse on the icon with the form of “d“, it is possible to access the “Shop D-Coin” via the “Buy D-Coin” button.
Where you can purchase the “D-Coin” necessary to register the basic subscription, by clicking 6 times on buy and then complete the payment with your credit card.
Once this is done, always through the menu at the top left of the d-flight, select the “Account” button, then in the window that will open select the label “SAPR Operator“:
Fill in the fields with the data from your identification document that you must send to d-flight for formal recognition. In particular, remember to change the “SAPR Operator” status, on the left side from OFF to ON otherwise you will not be enabled to receive the d-flight email, to which you must reply by sending the scanner of a vs identification document.
Once this is done, all you have to do is wait for the “Activate recreational QR code” box to be enabled and spend your 6 D-Coins for the purchase of the bar code that you will have to print and “stick” on your drone.
As you have seen, the registration procedure of your drone to obtain the QR-Code is not linear and not without potential hitches, not least the flag from OFF to ON of the SAPR operator status.
Keep in mind that the support from d-flight is non-existent, so if something goes wrong and yuo will require the support … it is not sure that they will answer you! The only thing that seems obvious is for the payment of the 6 euros per year (in the case of a recreational drone)!
Oh! By the way if you try to decrypt the QR code with your smartphone you will be disappointed! You will only get an intelligible string and a number which is the one printed next to the code itself!
Note regarding the images: The highlighted image was created by 4mydrone on a basic image from pixabay.com, free for commercial use, without attribution request, author StockSnap. The use of the image is solely for the purpose of better describe the contents of the article.
Last Updated on/Ultimo aggiornamento – 28/07/2020