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Drones: QR-code or drone operator registration code?

by Fabio Affortunato
Qr Code Codice Registrazione Operatore
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The entry into force of the European regulation on drones is upon us (there are 27 days to 31/12/2020) and something is moving. Or rather, the confusion about the adoption of the QR code for the drone increases compared to the registration code of the drone operator. Let’s take stock of the situation, summarizing the steps that led to this “confusional stalemate”.

QR-code or drone registration

According to the European regulation on EASA drones (Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/947), all drones equipped with a camera, in order to continue flying, must be registered.

Registration, through the d-flight portal or – d flight as many prefer – (see Blog article “We register the drone on d-flight (guide)“). The registration, translated into practical terms, takes the form of a QR-code, to be printed and applied to the drone..

Iter QR-code drone registration

According to what is present on the d-flight site, the registration must be repeated for all the drones of one’s “fleet”, paying € 6.00 for each registration in the case of a recreational drone or a drone used in specialized operations with MTOW <250 grams, or € 24.00 in the case of a drone used for specialized operations and € 96.00 in the case of a drone used for critical specialized operations.

Hence the need to pay, print and attach many QR-codes in relation to the number and use of the drone.

Drone Operator Registration Code

But as required by the EASA regulation on drones, the registration referred to is that relating to the registration of the operator and not of the drone.

The difference is substantial both in economic and practical terms. In fact, the application of the contents of the European drone regulation implies the payment and printing of a registration number relating to the operator, which must then be reported on all drones “owned” by the operator.

EASA has further clarified (and it seems that this was needed for Italy), in the information brochures (published on its website), that they must be present in the drone boxes with the CE marking (class of belonging).

As clearly shown by the arrows, the brochure reads verbatim: “make sure that the owner of the drone has registered with his national authority (if not previously registered)” and “make sure that the registration number is affixed to the drone“.

Flyover Easa Pilot Responsabilities

There is therefore no ambiguity in what EASA has written.

Therefore? What to do?

In the country of posthumous decisions (Italy), we find ourselves suspended. The QR-code therefore valid until 31/12/2020 is not the drone operator registration code (unless until an officialization). So you have to wait… as usual!

Certainly, ENAC will be working on it because, at the level of forms, it has changed the one necessary for the Authorization for Operazioni critiche in Scenari non Standard (art.10, comma 5 e 6), where has been introduced the following fields:

  • UAS operator registration number (d-flight),
  • Serial number or nationality marks and UAS registration.

Modulo Enac Operazioni Critiche Fuori Scenari Standard 1

Modulo Enac Operazioni Critiche Fuori Scenari Standard 2

Campi del modulo richiesta autorizzazione Operazioni Critiche scenari non standard – Fonte sito web ENAC

So: be patient and keep in touch!


Note regarding the images: The cover image is taken from pixabay.com, free for commercial use and with no request for attribution. The author is Arek Socha. The images of the information brochure and snapshoots relating to the forms for requesting authorization for Critical Operations not in standard scenarios are taken respectively from the EASA website and the ENAC website, which are their respective legitimate owners. The use of images is exclusively for the purpose of better understanding the contents of the article.

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Last Updated on/Ultimo aggiornamento – 07/12/2020

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