Drones

 

 

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