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Drone Legislation

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

27/07/2018
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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... Read More

26/07/2018
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UK Government Suggest New Drone Legislation

Following on from the recent amendment to the CAA’s Air Navigation Order 2016 and upcoming Drone Bill, the Department for Transport have today announced further measures that may be introduced. The government is set to consult on new measures including the following: Police may be able to issue on-the-spot-fines to drone rule breakers Police may be able to seize drones if necessary A minimum age may be set for drone pilots – age mentioned is 18 A decision will be made on whether the set distance of 1km from an... Read More

20/07/2018
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New UK Drone Laws Announced – Updated

The UK Department for Transport have just announced a set of new drone laws for UK drone pilots. These new rules will cover several areas including the banning of drones exceeding 400 feet, banning drones within 1 kilometre of airports as well as drone registration and online tests for drones above 250 grams. The rules will come into effect in the Summer of 2018 and Winter of 2019. Keep reading to find out more about the new laws and how they will affect your drone use. UK Drone Laws –... Read More

28/06/2018
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Global Drone Regulations for Hobbyists

It seems like there’s no end to the increasing popularity of drones around the world. With the growing numbers of drone pilots, laws and regulations are also on the rise in an attempt to ensure safety with this evolving technology. With the summer holiday season near, we’ve begun to create a comprehensive list of the global regulations for hobbyist drone pilots to increase understanding when travelling with your drone. We’ve started with some of the most popular holiday destinations for UK residents in 2018 and will be adding to the... Read More