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Drone Legislation

08/07/2019
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Drone users have control over their data, says DJI

Key DJI officials have shared their thoughts on important industry issues, including data security, drone safety and enhanced procedures to deter rogue operators. The topics were discussed during a wide-ranging interview at INTERPOL World 2019 – an international trade exhibition and conference staged in Singapore last week. During the event, MBE Philip Ingram (PI) quizzed Adam Welsh (AW), DJI’s Head of Asia Pacific Public Policy, and Romeo Durscher (RD), Director of Public Safety Integration for DJI. One of the key takeaways from the fascinating interview was that operators flying DJI... Read More

27/06/2019
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CAA to impose fine for rejected PfCO drone applications

Drone operators applying for or renewing a PfCO (Permission for Commercial Operations) face a £124 fine if their submission is not up to scratch, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced. Applications with three or more mistakes, where the applicant has made no attempt to keep up to date with the latest drone legislation, will be rejected and face the financial penalty. The CAA has said that this new strict approach – to be implemented over the next few months, although a precise date has not yet been given –... Read More

26/06/2019
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Heliguy launches CPD-accredited drone courses for the emergency services

Heliguy has launched a specialist CPD (Continuing Professional Development) drone course for the emergency services, to enhance pilot expertise and covering advanced flight training, exemptions and legislation updates. The CPD-accredited training package is essential for drone pilots in the emergency services, ensuring they are flying to a high standard and in strict accordance with the rules and regulations. CPD is widely regarded as a mandatory activity in the continuation of any professional enterprise, helping to maintain an optimal level of safety and service provision. Inquire about the Heliguy CPD course... Read More

07/06/2019
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Drone users can now report unjustified restrictions

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has launched an online form for drone users to report cases where access to airspace has been unjustly denied. The Airspace Access Reporting Form has been unveiled following the amendment of the Air Navigation Order 2016 earlier this year. In April, the CAA issued guidance to Aerodrome Operators and Air Traffic Service Units to assist with making decisions about issuing permission for UAS (unmanned aircraft systems) operations within their Flight Restriction Zones (CAP 1788) on the grounds of aviation safety, security interests or any other... Read More

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