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Israel lays down the law on UAV hobbyists

08 February 2019

The Civil Aviation Authority of Israel (CAAI) is set to launch a registration scheme for civilian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operators.

Any hobbyist buyer of a UAV will be required to register it online on a CAAI database, for an NIS30 (USD8) fee; pass an online test; and mark the UAV with a registration number. The new regulations also require the operator to verify that all the UAVs (and its subsystems) are in good repair.

The registration must be renewed every three years (a period corresponding to the average lifespan of a hobbyist UAV).

The database will be accessible to the Israeli police, and fines of up to a few thousand shekels will be levied on anyone flying an unregistered UAV.

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