Model aircraft club or association
There is a temporary exemption in the European regulation for the operation within clubs and associations of model aircraft, which regulates their operation in a non-standard way. This exemption is valid until 31 December 2023, during the so-called transitional period. The list of participating registered entities using these special conditions is published by the Civil Aviation Authority. For more detailed information about specific conditions, contact your model club or association.
By decisions of the Ministry of Transport and the Civil Aviation Authority (the Order on the conduct of flights with unmanned aircraft systems and the Implementing Measure on the operation of unmanned aircraft systems within model clubs), the validity of this exemption, which was originally supposed to apply until the end of 2022, was extended until 31 December 2023. All members of model clubs are therefore subject to the same rules as in 2022 until the end of 2023. In the event that a model club does not submit an application for a Specific category operational authorization to the Civil Aviation Authority by 30 June 2023, its members will from 2024 obliged to follow the rules of the open category.
However, even within the framework of this issued exception, from 31 December 2020, the obligation to register in the register of unmanned aircraft operators using the CAA dron portal is absolutely essential. According to the CAA's opinion, this registration can be replaced in the transitional period by the registration of the entire club, which is defined as an operator, so the aircraft models of all members of the club or association are marked with the same operator number.
However, according to the currently available information, this is not in accordance with the interpretation of the uniform rules by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and members of model aircraft clubs and associations will have to register individually as operators by 1 January 2023 at the latest or their a club or association will be able to perform on behalf.
After 2023, it will probably be necessary to obtain a special authorization from the CAA to operate model aircrafts in clubs and associations, which will probably entail the need to define a so-called geographical zone. This will be followed by specific reliefs from harmonized European rules such as the possibility of flying at higher altitudes. The purpose of such zones is to specifically enable operation in a given location and at the same time ensure maximum safety.