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New UK Drone Laws: Can I Use My PfCO?
Valid PfCO holders will be able to operate under a special authorisation from December 31, 2020; This authorisation aligns the PfCO with the new Operational Authorisation, as part of new drone rules; The aim is to ensure that the relevant UAS operators will all hold the same privileges; The special authorisation amends aspects of the PfCO. Valid PfCOs will be amended to bring them into line with the Operational Authorisation – as part of new drone laws. The regulations are set to start in the UK and throughout Europe on Thursday, December 31, 2020. As part of the new rules,...
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FPV Drone Laws In The UK
FPV drone flying, and the use of goggles, is legal in the UK - but certain rules need to be followed; Having a competent observer beside the remote pilot is currently an integral part of the permission; Under new drone laws - starting on December 31, 2020 - FPV flights can be conducted in the Open and Specific categories; Association members of drone and model aircraft clubs will be afforded greater flexibilities for FPV flights and drone racing, under the Article 16 Operational Authorisation. Exhilarating, exciting, and immersive – the popularity of FPV (first-person view) drones has soared in recent...
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EU Drone Regulations, Licences And Training
New drone laws have started throughout Europe to help define the safe operation of UAS in European skies (EU and EASA Member States). One of the key changes is that they adopt a risk-based approach. Therefore, they do not distinguish between recreational or commercial flights. Instead, the weight and specifications of the drone, as well as the operation, are factors which shape which drone licence you need and where you can fly. This blog offers an overview of the new EU drone rules. Click the link for a more specific article on UK drone laws which have also changed to...
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UK Drone Registration Theory Test Guide
UK drone users need to sit a theory test as part of new UK registration scheme; The pass mark is 30 out of 40 multiple choice questions. The test focuses on safety and how to fly legally; You can refer to The Drone and Model Aircraft Code during the test and you sit it...
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OSC Consultancy Launched By Heliguy
An Operating Safety Case (OSC) consultancy is available at Heliguy, to help commercial drone pilots obtain special permissions from the UK CAA.
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Convert Your PfCO To A GVC
Heliguy is running a PfCO to GVC Conversion Course, enabling commercial drone pilots to benefit from updated provisions as part of the new UK drone laws.
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FAA Drone License - Do I Need One?
A guide to having a drone license in the United States. Find out when you need a drone license, what you have to do to get one, and how much it costs.
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New UK Drone Laws Delayed
UPDATE (Friday, June 5, 2020): New European drone laws which were set to start in the UK have been delayed for a second time, the Civil Aviation Authority has announced this afternoon. The regulations are now scheduled to commence on Thursday, December 31, 2020. The laws were originally due to begin in July this year,...
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UK Drone Laws: New Drone Classes (VIDEO)
Fourth in a series about new drone laws starting in the UK in July. This video looks at CE Markings and the new classes of drones which will be introduced.
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UK Drone Laws: The GVC And Using Your PfCO (Video)
Third in a series about new UK drone laws starting in July. The video looks at the GVC (General Visual Line of Sight Certificate) and what to do with your PfCO.
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UK Drone Laws: Overview (Video)
First in a series about new UK drone laws starting in July. This overview video looks at the Open, Specific, and Certified categories, A2 CofC, GVC and PfCO.
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UK Drone Laws: The Open Category (Video)
Second in a series about new UK drone laws starting in July. This video looks at the Open Category, including the A1, A2 and A3 subcategories, and the A2 CofC.
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UK Drone Laws: A2 CofC v GVC
Guide to the A2 Certificate of Competency and General Visual Line of Sight Certificate, including Heliguy training courses and what to do with your DJI drone.
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New UK Drone Regulations To Start At The End Of 2020
New drone regulations are to be introduced in the UK next year - ending the PfCO but unlocking more flying opportunities for more people. Read our in-depth guide.
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Which Drones Need To Be Registered In The UK?
The UK’s new Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Scheme has gone live today. The new regulations apply to drones and model aircraft from 250g to 20kg that are used outdoors. So that means that DJI’s recently-released Mavic Mini does not need to be registered, as it weighs 249g, but you still need to...
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New DJI Mavic Mini Drone Under 250g And Exempt From UK and USA Registration
DJI launches DJI Mavic Mini drone, weighing 249g, placing it in the lowest and safest weight class of drones; Because it is under the 250g threshold, no need to register the drone under UK and USA laws; Mavic Mini costs £369, while the Combo is priced £459; Highlights include 30 minute flight time, up to...
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New UK drone legislation announced
Police to get extra powers to tackle illegal drone use, Government to work on expanded drone-detection technology and airport exclusion zone to be extended.
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UAV for Christmas: Your guide to drone regulations
A guide to the rules and regulations of flying a drone, as well as pre-flight tips and winter-flying advice.
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CAA Release ANO Amendment
The CAA has announced another amendment to the 2016 Air Navigation Order. Head to our latest Insider post to find out more.
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Industry Changing CAA Announcement for PfCO Holders
The CAA have announced a new amendment to the Air Navigation Order (ANO). Find out more out our latest Insider post.
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Heliguy's Drone Regulation Survey - The Results
Here are the findings from our drone regulations survey, with opinions from a range of hobbyists and commercial operators collated into a helpful infographic.
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