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Pilot registration and examination

All remote control pilots who fly drones that have a camera and are not certified as toys are required to register and pass the exam.

A toy drone that has been manufactured as a play device for children under 14 years of age, is certified with the basic CE mark and states that it complies with Directive 2009/48/EC. Conversely, a drone that is not a toy should be clearly marked '14+' label on the packaging. We recommend that you always familiarize yourself with the user manual, where this information should be provided.

Registration of drone pilots is free of charge and takes place on the portal managed by the Civil Aviation Authority. After meeting all the conditions, the pilot receives a certificate of registration of the pilot of the unmanned system, which also serves as a certificate of passing the pilot exam.

The obligation to register does not apply to pilots flying lightweight drones up to 250 g with a classification of C0.

Depending on which category the drone falls into due to its weight and where the pilot plans to fly it, the level of the test also differs, as well as the requirement for practical training.

A1/A3 Knowledge exam

The online test consists 40 multiple-choice questions and can be taken on the online portal managed by the Civil Aviation Authority . It requires at least 30 correct answers to pass and it is therefore advisable to familiarise yourself with the learning materials beforehand.

The test must be completed within 60 minutes of starting it. Based on experience so far, the time to complete the test is sufficient. If the test is not completed within 60 minutes of its start, it is sent for automatic evaluation after this time limit has expired. The applicant is informed of the remaining time during the test.

In case of unsuccessful completion of the test, it is possible to repeat the test again. After the second unsuccessful attempt, the pilot registration must be done again, after which the opportunity to take the test will be restored.

A2 Knowledge exam

In the future, passing the A2 exam will allow a pilot to fly a lighter drone even in built-up areas of towns and villages, which are and will be prohibited to pilots of heavier drones with A1/A3 qualifications. At the moment, however, stricter conditions are applied by the general measure LKR10-UAS, which prohibits operation in urban areas in the entire Open category, including subcategory A2. However, the A2 exam remains one of the conditions set by the Civil Aviation Authority for the granting of authorization to operate in a Specific category.

Procedure for the issue a certificate of competency for a new remote pilot in subcategory A2:

1

Successful completion of the online test for the A1/A3 subcategory and receipt of the A1/A3 remote control pilot qualification certificate.

Example of pilot qualification certificate

2

Completion of practical training in A3 operating conditions by self-study and subsequent declaration that the pilot has completed the self-study (declaration). The form for signing this declaration will be available at the A2 exam location.

3

Passing the A2 theoretical knowledge examination, conducted by the Civil Aviation Authority, in the premises of the Office.

Successful completion of the online test for the A1/A3 subcategory and receipt of the A1/A3 remote control pilot qualification certificate. They mainly concern technical and operational measures to mitigate potential risks associated with drone operation and cover the following topics:

  • Meteorology;
  • Conducting flights of unmanned aircraft;
  • Technical and operational measures to mitigate risks on the ground.

You can download the study materials for the A2 exam here: Areas of theoretical knowledge required for the A2 subcategory exam.

To pass the exam, you must achieve at least 75% of the total number of points.