Industry Changing CAA Announcement for PfCO Holders

Industry Changing CAA Announcement for PfCO Holders

Following the recently announced changes to the Air Navigation Order 2018, the CAA today announced some additional exciting news for existing Small Unmanned Aircraft (SUA) Operators.

From the 30th July 2018, the following changes will come into effect:

  • A reduction on the classes of SUA from 4 to 2; 0-20kg Multirotor and 0-20kg Fixed Wing
  • A standard PfCO now permits the operation of a 7-20kg SUA in congested areas to within 50m which previously SUA in such class were limited to a distance of 150m
  • Night operations will be automatically granted providing the procedures for night operations are detailed within the applicant’s Operations Manual

For SUA Operators with an existing Permission for Commercial Operation (PfCO), these new changes will not come into effect until they renewed their existing permissions. These landmark changes will undoubtedly come as welcome news to SUA Operators who have aspired to utilise SUA of a greater payload capability such as the DJI Matrice 600, where they were previously restricted to 150m of a congested area without an exemption from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

DJI Matrice 600 Pro

In addition, this means that SUA Operators with a permission for the 0-7kg class will now be permitted to operate any SUA up to 20kg. It is thought that this decision is based largely on the ever-improving technical capability and safety record of SUA in such class.

Heliguy is a National Qualified Entity (NQE) authorised by the CAA to make recommendations for the issue of a PfCO. As part of the process to achieve a PfCO, we deliver our Commercial Drone Operator Training (CDOT) course for those who wish to utilise SUA in a commercial capacity.  More information about our industry-leading training here.

DJI Matrice 600 Pro


To discuss any information from the above post or any DJI or Freefly product, please give one of our team a call on 862 298 5964 or email us at [email protected].


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