• General Permission – Small UAS Permissions or Exemptions issued prior to 13 March 2019

    21 August 2019 – We have just issued a General Permission (ORS4 No.1311) which rectifies an unintended consequence relating to permissions and exemptions issued prior to 13 March 2019 (when the 2019 amendment to Air Navigation Order came into force) regarding the text related to the requirements for flight above 400 feet within the flight restriction zone of a protected aerodrome.

    Guidance and policy update

    23 July 2019 - 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:

    New European UAS Regulations

    21 June 2019 - We have published an outline of the new EU unmanned aircraft regulations: CAP 1789 The EU UAS Regulation Package Outline

    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. And is intended to be used as an aid to reading and understanding the regulations themselves. 

    Granting permission for Small Unmanned Aircraft to operate within Protected Aerodrome Flight Restrictions Zones: Guidance to Protected Aerodrome Operators

    12 April 2019 – We have published guidance to aerodrome operators and providers of ATS at aerodromes with FRZs, to more fully inform their decision to grant or deny permission for small unmanned aircraft to operate within their Flight Restriction Zones (FRZs):  CAP1788 SUA Permission Guidance

    Air Navigation (Amendment) Order 2019

    20 February 2019 – Following the amendment to the ANO that will enter into force on 13 March 2019, we have published guidance for small unmanned aircraft users with an outline of the revised regulations as they will now appear in law; to provide guidance on the effects of the changes; and how they will be interpreted by the CAA.  This guidance replaces CAP1687, which is now cancelled.

    UK Government publishes response to consultation on drone legislation

    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

    DJI battery update

    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

    Drone safety risk 

    January 2018 - The CAA has published an assessment of the drone safety risk.

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