CAA SkyWise on Drones


Updated requirements for UAS PfCO applications
From 1 October 2019 a rejection / assessment fee will be introduced for applications which do not meet the required standard.
Operations Manuals will require reference to the latest version of CAP 722.
Insurance is no longer required to be submitted as part of the application process.
Please refer to our website for more information on why your application may be rejected, CAP 722 updates and the remaining requirements for obtaining insurance.
Dated: September 2019

Small Unmanned Aircraft – CAP 722 Amendment
CAP 722 Seventh Edition has been re-published with a number of editorial and other minor amendments. An amendment record has been added to the CAP 722 publication page, which details all the changes made since original publication.
The current published version of CAP 722 has been updated and contains all amendments.
Dated: September 2019

Small Unmanned Aircraft: Guidance & Policy Update
A new edition of CAP 722 has been published. The update follows amendments to the Air Navigation Order and splits the content into three separate documents:
CAP722: Unmanned Aircraft System Operations in UK Airspace – Guidance & Policy
CAP722A: Unmanned Aircraft System Operations in UK Airspace – Operating Safety Cases
CAP722B: Unmanned Aircraft System Operations in UK Airspace – National Qualified Entity
Dated: July 2019

Small UAS flights below 400 ft will no longer be notified
Following recent updates to the Air Navigation Order for small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS) we have reviewed the process for the notification of SUAS flights.
Subsequently we will no longer issue NOTAM for SUAS flights below 400ft AGL. This decision follows engagement with key stakeholders and the use of risk analysis tools and safety data. It does not affect
– the requirements for UAS operators to follow the NATS NSF and ENSF process.
– the ability for aerodromes to promulgate NOTAM’s within their associated areas should they deem necessary.
Any SUAS operators with exemptions to operate higher than 400ft AGL will be required to inform the CAA, Airspace Regulation, to enable NOTAM to be published.
Pilots are reminded to remain vigilant whilst operating both inside and outside the London and City CTR due to the increase in UAS operations.
Dated: June 2019

New European UAS Regulations
We have published an outline of the new EU unmanned aircraft regulations under CAP1789
It includes a simple explanation of the general intent behind the key parts of the regulations and our plans for their implementation within the UK next year.
It is intended to be used as an aid to reading and understanding the regulations themselves.
Dated: June 2019

Small Unmanned Aircraft – Airspace Access Report Form
Following the 2019 amendment of the Air Navigation Order (ANO), we have launched an online form to report instances where access to airspace has been denied to UAS, and where the request may not have been considered in line with the guidance set out in CAP1788 and with consideration of the interests described below.
Users are reminded that the ANO, as amended, gives provision for aerodromes to grant or deny access to Flight Restriction Zones on the grounds of aviation safety, security or any other reasonable interest. CAP1788 has been published and issued to all protected aerodromes.
Dated: June 2019

DJI Matrice 210 series drone
On 22 March 2019 the CAA released a Skywise update regarding the DJI M210 series drone and a number of reported failures.
The manufacturer has been unable to identify a common root cause and continues to investigate whether the failures are related. The CAA has received no further similar reports.
No additional restrictions beyond those in the Air Navigation Order 2016 are in place for the use of a DJI M210.
However, the CAA reminds operators to have appropriate mitigations in place if flying over persons or property in accordance with the Air Navigation Order, as was the case prior to this reported issue.
Dated: May 2019

UK Drone Registration Scheme
A consultation is now open, until 7 June 2019, on the proposed charge for the new UK drone operator registration scheme. This will become law at the end of November 2019
Dated: April 2019

DJI Matrice 210 series drone
The CAA has received six Mandatory Occurrence Reports in the last three months affecting the DJI Matrice 210 series drone. The reports have indicated that on each occasion the DJI M210 has malfunctioned resulting in rapid uncontrolled descent and consequent damage to the airframe upon impact with the ground. Reports suggest the issue may lie with one of the airframe’s motors. We are working with the manufacturer and monitoring the situation.
All users of the DJI M210 series are advised to consider their obligations under Art. 241 of the ANO and avoid flying over people or property until further notice.
Dated: March 2019

Small Unmanned Aircraft – Air Navigation Order Amendments now in force. New Exemptions and Permissions issued
Operators of small unmanned aircraft are reminded that the Air Navigation Order 2016 (ANO) 2019 amendments announced previously are now in force. A summary of these changes can be found in CAP 1763.
The following General Exemptions have been issued, which reflect these changes.
ORS4- 1294: Small Unmanned Aircraft – First Person View (FPV) Flying
ORS4- 1295: Small Unmanned Aircraft with a Mass Greater than 7kg – Operations within Class D or E Airspace Outside of Flight Restriction Zones by SUA Operators Holding Permissions or Exemptions issued prior to 13 March 2019
The following new General Exemptions have been issued, which are effective immediately.
ORS4- 1296: Small Unmanned Aircraft – Control Line Model Aeroplane Flight Within Flight Restriction Zones
ORS4- 1297: Small Unmanned Aircraft – Commercial/Congested Area Operations involving the use of a Competent Observer
Dated: March 2019

Draft Commission Implementing Regulation for Unmanned Aircraft Operations
Proposals from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for a unified set of drone rules for all EU countries gained a final adoption (approval) at the end of February. Although substantially revised it follows the general principles published by EASA in February 2018 in its Opinion 2018-02. The Implementing Regulation (rules) is expected to be published in early summer 2019 and will become applicable 12 months later (June 2020). Once the final regulation is published this summer we will provide details on UK adoption plans.
Dated: March 2019

Small Unmanned Aircraft – Reissued First Person View General Exemption
Operators of small unmanned aircraft (drones) using ‘first person view’ (FPV) equipment should note that the General Exemption which permits this activity has been amended in order to accommodate the changes to the Air Navigation Order 2016 (see CAP 1763 ) which come into force on Wednesday 13 March 2019. Details of the new General Exemption, which also takes effect on the same day, can be found here ORS4 No1294
Dated: March 2019

Small unmanned aircraft guidance
We have published a document that covers the small unmanned aircraft related articles within the Air Navigation Order that will remain relevant after the 13 March 2019 amendment.
It provides an outline of the revised regulations as they now appear in law, guidance on the effects of the two recent changes, and how they will be interpreted by the CAA. It replaces CAP 1687.
Dated: February 2019

Blocking trials effecting UAS control
Jamming activity will take place 11th – 22nd of February 2019 near the STANTA training area in Norfolk within 3NM of location 523230N 0004352E.
The activity may affect UAV within 20NM (433-915MHz) and 13NM (2.5-5.8GHz) up to 40,000FT AMSL. During the trials UAS command and control systems may suffer intermittent or total failure or give incorrect notification. GNSS Jamming will also take place as part of this activity.
The activity is restricted to 5 occurrences per hour, and no longer than 2 minutes in duration
For further information contact spectrum@caa.co.uk or 01293573703
In an emergency contact 01842 855167
Dated: February 2019