Certainly. We stand up for drone users in meetings with the CAA/ DfT/ NATS, etc to protect your rights. Yesterday I was in a three hour call about electronic conspicuity for instance. My main point was that our members generally have many UAS and they shouldn’t have to add an electronic conspicuity device (AND a remote ID device) to every one. I am pushing for an exemption from that rule for people flying VLOS and below 400ft. (Or at the very least a single ADS-B beacon at the flying site to cover everyone flying - not each individual aircraft.)
We’re also presently working with the CAA to have our member’s registration handled automatically (both new members and renewals) so that (from January) our members won’t have to go off and register separately with the CAA. It’ll all be handled automatically from your FPV UK account. (You can turn that on and off as and when you want to).
It remains the case that those of our members who have done our C of C: Drone law (which is 10 questions and takes 2 minutes) are exempt from taking the CAA’s 40 question test. And retaking it every 12 months.
We print FPV UK membership cards which show your Operator ID, membership number and achievements - including that you’re exempt from the CAA’s test. The guidance for Police includes pictures of our membership card so they’ll know what they’re looking at if you produce your card.
The new operational authorisation isn’t just about FPV. It allows members to fly in parks (where non-members cannot), members are allowed to fly within 30m of people (that includes 30m above - whereas in the open category it’s 30m or 150m horizontal for A2 and A3 categories. IE no overflight). Ridge soaring is possible with 400ft allowed above the operator (rather than above the ground), non-multis can be flown to 1000ft and freefight and control line are covered too.
FPV UK members also get discounts on drone stuff from a few retailers, training from several training companies, drone repairs from Drone Doctor, outdoor equipment from Cotswold/ Snow + Rock/ Runners Need, clothing from Urban Nomad, etc, etc. And we’ve got an excellent new partnership coming up early next year too.
We also have a national network of mentors and examiners and a training syllabus should you like to take up some practical training to improve your skills/ for your own enjoyment and sense of achievement. You could even become a mentor/ examiner yourself if you’d like to. There’s no charge from us for the training, etc.
And there’s the public liability insurance that you mentioned as well.
Happy to answer any questions you may have.
All the best