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ENAC drone license – Semi lockdown from 23/12 to 07/01

by Fabio Affortunato
Patetntino Online Enac Operazioni Non Critiche
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It is now established (at least hopefully) that 31/12/2020, in addition to marking the end of a year to be canceled, will also mark the entry into force of the European regulation on drones, also known as the EASA regulation (Implementing regulation 2020/947).

Drone license

The entry into force of the EASA regulation on drones, as well as a change of vision regarding the authorizations/obligations deriving from the use of a drone, whether it is for recreational (hobby) or professional purposes (see blog article “Drone regulations: from ENAC towards EASA part 3 – What changes“), introduces the obligation for all drone pilots with take-off weight> 249 grams (excluding the DJI Mini 2 – see blog article” DJI Mini 2 – Info and specifications of the drone without license“), the certificate of competence, or the drone license.

In Italy, two levels of competence as a drone pilot are valid: one related to “Non-Critical Operations” which is achieved through the ENAC online test (so-called online license), and the other for “Critical Operations“, which to be achieved implies possession of the certificate for “Non-Critical Operations”.

ENAC online drone license

Several articles of the ENAC online drone license have been published on the Blog (see Blog 4mydrone), which explain how to do and which topics to study to prepare for the tests.

It is good to remember that 4mydrone has in fact created a series of free ebooks for preparation for the online test that covers all the topics of the test:

Each eBook is structured in such a way as to be able to focus on the fundamental aspects of the specific exam subject, and is accompanied by info-graphics, in order to facilitate reading and learning of the subjects being tested. The eBook, concise but exhaustive, also includes take away concepts – to take away – on which to focus the attention for the online test for the license “Non-critical operations”, and a summary infographic.

Drone license – Semi lockdown from 23/12 to 07/01

Almost for a strange analogy with the rules imposed by the government for the period 20 December – 7 January, relating to the movement of people, ENAC also issued a statement that many aspiring pilots must take into account.

In fact, on the ENAC website, by accessing the  Online service > Web Services section, a pop-up is shown which reports the following:

“We inform you that, for technical and administrative activities related to the usual year-end accounting closure, the services provided by the ENAC Web Services Portal (serviziweb.enac.gov.it) regarding the online payment of the fixed fee of € 31.00 for the release of the APR Pilot Certificate (non-critical operations), will be interrupted from 23/12/2020 to 07/01/2021.

Users who have regularly finalized the payment procedure for the fixed fee as of 23/12/2020 will still be able to take the online exam sessions as required by the Regulations.

In fact, it should be remembered that the payment of the fixed fee of € 31.00 provides the candidate with a “token” which gives the right to start 4 exam sessions (attempts) without time limits.

Prompt communication will then be provided regarding the restoration of online payment services. “(Source ENAC)

Therefore, those wishing to take the online exam during the Christmas period to obtain the drone pilot certificate for “Non-Critical Operations”, must necessarily pay the fee of 31.00 euros before 23/12/2020.

It is also recalled that in order to access ENAC’s web services, it is necessary to have a SPID.

Note regarding the images: The highlighted image shown in the article is taken – from the personal RPA operator certificate – for Non-Critical Operations issued by ENAC. 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 – 30/12/2020

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