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UK – EU Transition, and UK Civil Aviation Regulations

To access current UK civil aviation regulations, including AMC and GM, CAA regulatory documents, please use this link to UK Regulation. Please note, if you use information and guidance under the Headings below, the references to EU regulations or EU websites in our guidance will not be an accurate information or description of your obligations under UK law. These pages are undergoing reviews and updates.

A tethered UAS is one where the unmanned aircraft remains securely attached (tethered) via a physical link to a person, the ground or an object at all times while it is flying. The tether normally takes the form of a flexible wire or a cable and may also include the power supply to the aircraft as well.

Operations with a tethered UAS can be used as an efficient solution in a number of cases, for example where an operating area is restricted, or when the required flight time exceeds the normal endurance of a free flying battery powered aircraft.

Tethered UAS are subject to the same basic operating regulations as all other unmanned aircraft and, where necessary, are subject to the same authorisation process, but the fact that the operation is tethered can be used as a significant mitigation factor when applying for an operational authorisation, thus greatly simplifying the overall process.

If you are planning to conduct a tethered UAS operation, please use the link below that relates to your type of operation.

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