CAA registration exemptions

I don’t think I’ve seen these linked here, so I thought it might be handy to have them linked from one post. These are various time-limited exemptions from the CAA drone registration requirements starting on 5th November:

E4913: exemption from registration as operator and pilot for control-line aircraft, until 30 June 2020

E4973 Small Unmanned Aircraft – SUA Operator Registration Requirements for Members of UK Model and Small Unmanned Aircraft Associations

E4954: exemption from pilot competency test for members of BMFA, SAA and LMA holding relevant test passes, until 30 June 2020

E4956: exemption from pilot competency test for pilots operating in accordance with a CAA PfCO or equivalent, until 30 June 2020

E4957: exemption from pilot competency test for members of FPV UK holding ‘A’ certificate test pass, until 30 June 2020

Two important things to note:

  1. Several of these exemptions are only valid if you print it off and have it with you when you fly/

  2. The PfCO exemption only applies while flying in accordance with your CAA permission i.e. a PfCO holder flying recreationally outside the bounds of their ops manual would not be exempt and would still need to have completed the competency test.

Also note the significance of the date 30 June 2020, as this is when the EASA regulations are due to come in and change everything anyway.


FPV UK ‘A’ certificate?

Is it a misprint?

I hold a BMFA ‘A’ helicopter certificate and as far as I know the BMFA are the only organisation that has ever had such a scheme which is now being acknowledged by the CAA.

Not a misprint.

Mentions of a ‘B’ cert too, but the link doesn’t work.


More info:


It’s not the same as the one I took with the BMFA which required flying preset manoeuvres and answering questions after the flight test.

As I understand it the BMFA will be presenting an online multiple choice test for its members, whom are not A or B certified, equivalent to the FPVUK A and CAA multiple choice tick tests.



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Some of the exemption certificates in the original link are superseded or moved on the CAA website.

A key one that members of relevant associations may need is the exemption E4973 Small Unmanned Aircraft – SUA Operator Registration Requirements for Members of UK Model and Small Unmanned Aircraft Associations, which now exempts members of FPV UK, BMFA, LMA and SAA from registration until 23 February 2020. The previous exemption E4953 is withdrawn.


Thanks for that kvetner.

@kvetner updated original post.

E4953 replaced with E4973.

Thanks @callum! Also I believe E4972 replaces E4954 above, exemption from pilot competency tests for people having passed relevant model aircraft association tests.

The control-line aircraft exemption link is also broken, but I haven’t located a replacement document (and frankly, who cares about that one!)

It’s probably time for a reminder that the various BMFA, FPV(UK), LMA and SAA registration exemptions expire on 23 February 2020, so members of those organisations who want to register either need to go through their association to make it happen or directly via the DMARES website within the next month.

I’ve not had an email from @FPVUK, but for FPV(UK) members, details of the process are here.

Also, don’t forget that holders of the various association competency certificates don’t need to do the DMARES competency test, they are exempt until the end of June.

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Email received from them today offering to do the registration for you when exemption comes to an end

CAA Registration

FPV UK members’ exemption to the CAA’s drone and model aircraft registration scheme (DMARES) will come to an end shortly. If you would like us to register you automatically please opt-in now.