8 January 2019 – The Department for Transport has now published its response to the consultation on future drone legislation that it conducted last summer. The report can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/government-response-to-future-of-drones-in-the-uk-consultation
21 November - After reviewing evidence from DJI, we are in a place to
remove some of the current restrictions if an operator can successfully apply
the DJI workaround (and verify this). We do ask that all operators still
proceed with caution and immediately return to home or hover if the device
doesn’t behave as expected. We continue to monitor this issue daily, working
with DJI and reviewing operator feedback. We welcome any thing further from
operators on this matter. Please follow the link to access our new safety notice: SN2018/011.
currently building the drone registration service which all drone pilots and
operators will need to register with from November 2019. To enable us to build
a service that meets actual drone users requirements we are running a
consultation on how people currently use drones. To help us with this please
fill our survey found at https://sparck.typeform.com/to/mlsBqT
running some workshops in London over the next few weeks where we will be
looking to gain a deeper understanding of what is needed for the service. If
you are available to come along to these workshops please sign up on at https://doodle.com/poll/t3mdwp8vy95p3wau
If you can’t
make these sessions but are interested in helping us build this service, please
Registration and remote pilot competency requirements will come into
force in November 2019. All the details of the scheme will be published nearer
the time of its introduction.
6 September 2018 – We have just
issued a General Permission
(ORS4 No. 1279) which corrects an unintended consequence
within the 2018 amendment to the Air Navigation Order. This reinstates
the ability for small UAS (with a mass greater than 7kg) to be flown above
400ft within controlled airspace or aerodrome traffic zones if permitted to do
so by ATC.
26 July 2018 - We have just issued a revised FPV General Exemption (ORS4 No. 1273) which replaces the previous one (ORS4 No. 1226) on Monday 30 July 2018. The main change is a reduction in the permitted maximum height from 1000 ft to 400 ft, to tie in with the Air Navigation (Amendment) Order 2018 which also takes effect on 30 July 2018.
July 2018 - We have published guidance for small unmanned aircraft users with an outline of the revised regulations as they now appear in law; to provide guidance on the effects of the changes; and how they will be interpreted by the CAA.
February 2018 - EASA has just published its ‘Opinion’
(final draft) on
the proposed EU UAS regulations, which follows on from the consultation that was
conducted last year.
January 2018 - The CAA has published an assessment of the drone safety risk.
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