1.5. Drone operator registration

Laws in some countries stipulate registration requirements for drone operators as well as for individual drones and pilots.

The operator in this context would usually be the company. Most responsibilities related to drone flying are by law with the respective pilot in command, but there are some which might be with the operator. One common example is the responsibility of the operator to establish a scheduled maintenance protocol with accompanying documentation. The logic here is that pilots might change frequently and some aspects of airworthiness cannot be checked by pilots during preflight inspections, so responsibility rests with the owner or operator.


  1. Legal con-compliance can lead to a mandated shut-down of essential drone services.

Audit Steps

  1. Assess if the company complies with drone operator registration requirements as per local laws.
  2. If the company has decentralized drone operations review if all locations/legal entities with drone operations have registered separately and assess if this approach is in the best interest of the company as a whole.


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