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Spanish drones 2021

AlicanteDesignPosted by AlicanteDesign on Fri Jan 8, 2021 10:27pm in General discussion
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AESA/EASA have updated the EU drone regulations from the 1st Jan 2021

To fly a drone in the EU now you have to register as an operator and have a certificate of training for the class of drone. Under 250g drones with cameras can be used after reading the manufacturers manual. Operator registration and training are on-line at no cost. Once registered you can use a drone in all 27 EU member states.

To obtain an operators registration you need Internet Explorer (old browser) and an electronic certificate. Also Software programme AutoFima 1.5 min. The CLAVE system  also works for registration.

Visit: https://sede.seguridadaerea.gob.es/AESA_UAS/Declar_UAS.aspx

Part of the page is in English. Sign up to AESAs Electronic platform. You get taken to a CLAVE page where you fill out your name, address, DOB, etc. Tick the appropriate boxes. The only one you don’t check is the search and rescue, fire fighting use. Put you phone number in without spaces. This causes an error. Once complete press save and wait for notification of processing.

Then it’s back to the Declar_UAS page. Access with digital certificate. Tick the boxes that you understand the Data Protection Act, will have insurance if required, will have training for the class of drone if required. Thats it, most of the form is already filled in.

Proceed to the save and signing section. This is where you need AutoFirma installed on the PC. The page prompts for AutoFirma and links to the government download site. You can close Explorer at this point, install AutoFirma. Relaunch the website and continue to sign the document created. Website will prompt to access AutoFirma. Few minutes to sign the document and then back to the front page to download your new operators certificate.

It’s all part Spanish and English but straight forward. After that you can relaunch the website and fill out your drones and serial numbers. Select N/A as your drone category. This gives drop down lists to current drone models and fills out he boxes with MTOW, Speed etc. 

I have an advanced pilot certificate for drones so currently I’m not required to pass further exams. I complete a bridging exam at a later date for heavy drones. Pilots with no certificates are required to complete AESA on-line training and pass a 40 question competency test. (75% pass mark). I might visit the training part of the site and do the level 1 test.

Under 250g drones only require reading the manual and understanding not flying near airports etc, as before (Mavic Mini)
Under 900g requires you visit the AESA training site and pass the 40 question test. (Mavic Airs old Mavic Pro)
under 2 kg requires you visit the AESA training site and pass the 40 question test.  (Mavic Pro 2 and Phantoms)

Tests and training requirements depend on the type of drone. The above gives Level 1 competency in the new Sub-categorys.

At the moment to use a drone in Spain requires operator registration, Pilot competency certificate for the drone (except under 250g). The drone should still carry the fire proof ID plate. In addition your new operators number must be displayed on the drone (sticker acceptable). Insurance is optional but recommended for professional use.

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Neil22

Posted: Mon Jan 11, 2021 10:24am

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Posted: Mon Jan 11, 2021 10:24am

Alicante Design

Thank you for this post re Flying Drones Regulations.

I have recently moved to Spain.  I obtained my Drone and Flyer registration under the CAA regulations on 29/11/2019 and renewed the Operator ID last November.  Does this count towards the new EU Regulations?

I have a drone that weights less than 900 grams.

In the UK I would have gone to a trophy shop to get the fireproof ID plate engraved.  Any suggestions where to go in Spain pleas?

Many thanks

Neil22

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Posted: Mon Jan 11, 2021 10:55pm

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Posted: Mon Jan 11, 2021 10:55pm

CAA qualifications no longer count towards the AESA/EASA drone regulations. The UK left the EU 1st Jan 2021 and opted out of EASA although they are following the new EASA regulations.

Drones under 900kg require registering as an operator and then doing the on-line training and answering the 40 questions (75% pass). This might be in Spanish. Shouldn’t be a problem you can cut/paste the text into an other browser with Google translate. I passed the AESA pilot exam in the training centre using translate on the iPad.

Theres no charge for registration or the On-line training/certificate. You can use the drone in any European country without further registration.

“Placa de dron” can be ordered from the pidstore.es. The websites been amended to allow the operator number on the plates. Its about 20€ for plates in about 48 hours.


Allan 01

Posted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:09am

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Posted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:09am

Hi I have spoken to you in the past , .I am a complete Numpty with computers and on the whole am a bit of a technophobe  ,I am scared of them ,so I avoid them when possible ..65 years old ,and can’t see my fear of computers going away .I was wondering where I can go to get help with learning how to operate my drone safely ,and legally . It is a bugs 7 ,and weighs 249 Grams,so under the weight . I would like to know if there is someone out there who would be willing to meet me ,and help me with operating and form filling .

My manual for the drone ,is missing a lot of information ,ie. follow me and other functions ,which are not mentioned in the manual .and  need someone to show me the correct way ,rather than going through a lot of propellors .15€ a time .I have only tried it for 5 minutes ,which went reasonably well ,until landing ,when the props hit a stone and destroyed them .I now have 2 spare sets ,but would like some kind hearted person to help me with this ,as I am a hands on person rather than learning from books ..Do you know anybody who would like to show me the ropes .it would be very much appreciated ..

Thank you 

Allan 

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Posted: Thu Jan 14, 2021 11:39pm

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Registration as an Operator requires access to a computer. Find somebody local with basic Spanish language skills and a computer that can help with registration. Form filling is a minimum. All they want is DNI, NIE, passport number? Name address and a contact email and telephone number. All AESA services are completed online. 

Flying the drone should be attempted in small steps. Find a clear open area to practise. Bring a landing mat for take-off and landing. An old car mat fits the job. Launch the drone from the mat fly it about near by and then land on the mat.  Small steps. You can learn fly in circles and squares later. Just build confidence slowly. Don’t worry about camera and follow me. Learn to fly the drone first.

Before you fly the drone connect the smartphone to the controller and turn them on first. Turn the drone on last. When flying pay attention to the low battery warning. Props don’t have to be replaced as a set. Only the damaged one. Be careful to fit the prop to the correct spindle on the drone. 

YouTube has plenty of tutorials about how to use the Bugs 7.

Good News for anyone sitting the AESA/EASA drone tests. I think they are available in English. Watched a Spanish boy on YouTube sitting the Level 1 exam. Noticed a tab on the top of the screen to change language. Questions are about drone classes, distances, weather etc.

Allan 01

Posted: Sat Jan 16, 2021 2:18pm

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Posted: Sat Jan 16, 2021 2:18pm

Hi thanks for reply and info  ..I’ll need to find somebody to help me download app . I have tried , and it looked as if I succeeded ,but can’t find the app on my phone ? 

Useful info thanks 

But if you know someone who would be willing to spend an hour or so with me to teach me the basics , please ask them to contact me ...I ll travel to them 

Cheers 

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