How to check a drone pilots certification or operational authorisations now CAP 1361 is withdrawn
Check with the Civil Aviation Authority
Up until 21st June 2021 people were able to access, download and search an updated list of UK drone pilots holding current PfCO and Operational Authorisations. This was titled CAP 1361 and available from the CAA website. The list has now been withdrawn by the CAA.
Search the drone pilot search engine
No surprise here that we mention CAS listed. Prior to the CAA withdrawing CAP 1361 we updated our data inline with the CAA data. Holding the most comprehensive database of UK drone pilots we are in the enviable position of being able to work with pilots in ensuring they can be quickly FOUND and verified in one place.
The CAA are still ultimately responsible for pilot certification and authorisations verification and can be contacted through their website.
Check drone pilot registers and directories
Looking at the current options there is a confused and limited resource available for people to find and check the details and status of UK drone pilots. The majority of services offer a very limited number of subscribing drone pilots. The pilots data is also often out of date or inaccurate delivering poor quality results that cannot be totally relied upon.
3 things to do when looking for a commercial drone pilot
A lot of confusion has been caused through the implementation of new regulations that came into effect on 31st December 2020. This has also been compounded by the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union.
- Which certification or operational authority does the drone pilot hold? A commercial drone pilot does not have to hold any but their ability to provide safe, legal and useful services is very limited. As a guide a minimum of A2CofC should be held although a pilot holding current Permissions for Commercial Operations or Operational Authorities would ensure a higher level of service.
- Find a local drone pilot. There will be limited travelling costs associated with the project.
- Check the pilot has sufficient commercial insurance for your project. Ultimately as the commissioning party you are responsible for any short fallings should there be any claimable incidents.