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Drone Legislation

03/05/2019
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Drone Registration Scheme – Is £16.50 Too Much?

Opposition is mounting against a controversial proposal to charge UAV operators as part of the UK Drone Registration Scheme, with critics blasting the idea as outrageous and detrimental to the future of model flying. Battle lines are being drawn throughout the industry following the start of a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) consultation which sets out a plan to introduce an annual £16.50 fee for drone operators whose aircraft is between 250 grams and 20 kilograms. Disgruntled commercial pilots and hobbyists have voiced a string of negative comments, describing the payment... Read More

14/03/2019
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Competent observer role reintroduced

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced an exemption to the Air Navigation Order 2016 – which now allows commercial pilots to fly a drone with the help of a competent observer.  Bringing back the competent observer is great for the likes of commercial photographers, allowing them to focus on capturing the best images Under the changes, a remote pilot with the standard PfCO permission may be accompanied by a competent observer when flying a small unmanned aircraft to enable the remote pilot to focus on the aircraft’s on-board camera... Read More

13/03/2019
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New extended drone no-fly zone in place from today

New legislation to extend the no-fly zone around airports has come into force today (Wednesday, March 13). The rules mean that it is now illegal to fly a drone within 5km of an airport, with major penalties for those who break the law. Drone users can only fly within the restriction zones if they have the correct permission from air traffic control or the airport. The Government has acted to bring the law change in ahead of a new Drones Bill which will give police significantly increased powers to deal... Read More

20/02/2019
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No-fly zone for drones to be extended at UK airports

An extended no-fly zone for drones around UK airports is to come into force next month. Yesterday, the Government announced that new legislation to ban UAVs from flying within 5km of runways will begin on Wednesday, March 13. The enlarged zone will better protect the UK’s airports from those misusing drones, the Government has said. The law is clear that flying a drone near an airport is a serious criminal act. We’re now going even further and extending the no-fly zone to help keep our airports secure and our skies safe. Anyone... Read More

08/01/2019
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New UK drone legislation announced

New legislation will give police extra powers to tackle illegal drone use, while the Government has vowed to work on ways to detect and repel UAVs in sites like airports and prisons. Under these plans, the exclusion zone around protected airport boundaries is set to be extended from 1km to 5km. However, in an important nod to the industry, Aviation Minister Baroness Liz Sugg has gone on the record to say that drones are ‘already being used to great effect’ by keeping people safe and driving more efficient ways of working. For... Read More

24/12/2018
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UAV for Christmas: Your guide to drone regulations

It’s Christmas, and Santa Claus might have left a new drone underneath your tree. If this is the case, then there’s a good chance that you can’t wait to take it out of the box and start your first flight. After all, owning a UAV is exciting –  they’re fun to fly and you can capture some great images and footage. But before you take to the skies, it’s very important that you understand the rules and regulations about using a drone to ensure that your flight is enjoyable, legal... Read More

CAA consults on Charges Schemes price increase 23/11/2018
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CAA consulting on proposals to increase Charges Schemes

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has launched a consultation on proposals to increase all Charges Schemes by 2.4% from April next year, due to ‘current cost pressures’. The CAA, which charges a fee for the issue, renewal, conversion or revalidation of a pilot licence or rating, says that it is looking to increase costs due to ‘significant financial pressures, with increases in our cost base as well as the need to make crucial investment in modernising our systems’. The Authority adds that The Project Delivery (Transformation Programme) has and will continue... Read More

22/11/2018
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CAA issues updated safety notice on TB50 and TB55 batteries

An updated safety notice has been issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), lifting restrictions put in place following issues with some TB50 and TB55 batteries – as long as the drone operator can verify successful installation of DJI’s firmware workaround. The safety notice (SN–2018/011) was issued yesterday afternoon and applies to operators of multi-rotor small unmanned aircraft utilising DJI battery model TB50 or TB55, including all DJI Matrice 200 series (which includes the 200, 210 and 210 RTK platforms) and the DJI Inspire 2 (the affected SUA). It comes after... Read More

CAA Consultation on Drone Registration 21/11/2018
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Civil Aviation Authority launches consultation to help shape its Drones Registration Service

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has launched a consultation to find out how people are using drones. The feedback will allow the CAA to build the Drones Registration Service – designed to meet drone-user requirements. All drone pilots and operators with aircraft weighing 250g or more will need to register from November 2019. It comes as part of the recent changes to the legislation around the usage of drones and other small unmanned aircraft in the UK. Click here to complete the survey. As part of the consultation process, the... Read More

20/08/2018
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CAA Release ANO Amendment

The CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) has released information on another industry-changing amendment to the Air Navigation Order 2016 titled Small Unmanned Aircraft – Night Operations and Operations within Congested Areas by SUA Operators holding Permissions issued prior to 30 July 2018. This change update allows any SUA operator with permissions from the CAA granted on or before the 30/07/2018 to operate at night and over or within 150 metres of a congested area. Several conditions must be met in order to apply to these new articles. These include the following:... Read More