New UK Drone Laws Delayed

  • New European drone laws, set to start in the UK in July, have been delayed;
  • The regulations will not start until November, at the earliest;
  • Heliguy is still holding training for the A2 CofC and GVC courses, in preparation for the rules to start;
  • Train to become a drone pilot through Heliguy Blackbox – an online platform designed for on-demand, flexible and comprehensive learning.

New European drone laws which were set to start in the UK in July have been delayed for at least four months, due to the ‘ongoing disruption caused by the COVID19 outbreak’.

The Civil Aviation Authority made the announcement late yesterday afternoon, meaning that the rules will not start until November 1, at the earliest.

As a result, drone pilots in the UK will not need to comply with the new requirements before this time.

How Does The Delay Impact Me?

So, what does this mean if you were set to embark on drone training with Heliguy? Our Head of Training, Ben Shirley, explains in this video.

Heliguy, which now holds dual NQE and RAE status, will deliver course content for the A2 CofC and GVC through the Heliguy Blackbox online platform from May 4.

What If I Want To Do An A2 CofC?

You can undertake an A2 CofC once the course material is available on Heliguy Blackbox. Once you are successful, you cannot operate under the A2 Subcategory of the Open category until this date – or later if the new rules are postponed further.

What If I Want To Do A GVC?

For the time being, candidates who want to undertake the GVC course will receive something of a hybrid course, in that you will be taught both the regulations applicable at the time of your ground school and also the future provisions for the attainment of an Operational Authorisation with standard permissions.

However, if you complete your training before the new regulation starts, you will effectively receive a PfCO rather than an Operational Authorisation.

What Happens If I Have A Valid PfCO?

For those who currently hold a valid PfCO or are yet to complete their PfCO training, the CAA has so far made numerous provisions, including a reduction on the flight currency requirement of two hours of flight time in a three-month period to one hour. Permission holders that are renewing their PfCO can do so having only achieved the required one hour.

Additionally, candidates that were part of the way through their PfCO training have already been granted an extension in the validity of those qualifications until September 2020 providing they complete a period of training on the EU regulation package.

As part of the build-up to the new rules, Heliguy has already started to transition PfCO candidates to the A2 CofC or GVC, free of charge.

For more information, please feel free to contact our training team by phone or email.

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