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CAA website goes down as deadline for drone pilot registration nears 

Telegraph 29 Nov 2019 09:15

Drone pilots have branded regulators incompetent after a registration system crashed hours before a deadline for signing up - leaving thousands of them at risk of fines.

Fifty thousand drone enthusiasts could be billed £1,000 unless they registered with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) by midnight on Friday.

New laws on the flying of drones mean that all operators in the UK are required to sign up, with penalties applying to unlicenced users with a device weighing more than 250g.

Drone pilots complained on Twitter that the online system - which cost £4m to build - was not working throughout Friday morning as the deadline approached.

One Twitter user wrote: "Trying to register on the @UK_CAA website and of course it's full of fail, experiencing technical difficulties."

People attempting to register as drone operators were shown an error message which read: "Sorry, there's a problem with the service. Please try again later. If this has happened while you were taking the theory test, your answers may have been lost."

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