Drone Flying in France for “Leisure Users”
The rules have now changed in France.
a) The drone must be registered with “DGAC”, the French equivalent of the CAA
b) The drone pilot must have appropriate Public Liability Insurance in place
c) For anything over 800g (any DJI drone heavier than a Mavic Pro Platinum!) the drone pilot must successfully complete an online course and test
d) The drone must be labelled so that its registration number can be read with the naked eye from 30cm.
Evidence of items “a” & “c” must be carried at all times when flying a drone
(This can be in hard copy or in an electronic format and must be produced if requested by “the authorities”)
In order to comply with these requirements proceed as follows:
Click the Union Jack to change the language to “English”
Click “CREATE YOUR ACCOUNT”
Select “individual / sole trader”, fill-in all the required details and follow all prompts
You will receive an email containing a link to click in order to validate your account
Once you have done this you will be able to register your drone(s):
You will receive an email confirmation for each drone registered, with a Certificate of Registration attached.
Affix a suitable (“Dymo” or similar) label to your drone showing its registration number.
Having registered your aircraft, in order to fly a drone >800g, you must now proceed as follows:Click “ACCESS TO DGAC TRAINING”
Complete the “I’m learning” module
Practice in the “I’m training” module
Complete the “I take my online test” module
(You are required to score 100% in order to pass, so be ready for a few retakes and be aware that the questions remain the same but the multi-choice answers move around!)
Once you achieve 100% you can download your certificate by clicking on “télécharger”
Finally, be sure that you have appropriate PL Insurance in place.
Membership of the British Model Flying Association (bmfa.org) @ £38 per annum gives you £25M worldwide PL cover, although you may already be covered by your existing insurance… You must check, as this is your legal responsibility.