Model flyers have the following options to conduct their operations:
(a) They may operate as members of a model club or association that has received from the competent authority an authorisation, as defined in Article 16 of the UAS Regulation. In this case, they should comply with the procedures of the model club or association in accordance with the authorisation. The authorisation will define all conditions to operate and may deviate from the Regulation (for example they may allow operations with drones exceeding 25 kg, or flying higher than 120m etc). Members of the club and associations must still register themselves in accordance with Article 14 of the UAS Regulation, however the registration system of model aircraft clubs and associations may be recognised by the Member State.
(b) In case a person does not want to become a member of a club or association they may use the special geographical zones defined by EASA Member States, in accordance with Article 15(2) of the UAS Regulation, where drones and model aircraft are exempted from certain technical requirements, and/or where the operational limitations are extended, including mass or height limitations.