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UK Civil Aviation Regulations

These are published by the CAA on our UK Regulations pages. EU Regulations and EASA Access Guides published by EASA no longer apply in the UK. Our website and publications are being reviewed to update all references. Any references to EU law and EASA Access guides should be disregarded and where applicable the equivalent UK versions referred to instead.

You must meet a set of UAS Operator responsibilities when flying under a PDRA01 Operational Authorisation.

You must:

  • carry out each flight within the limits and conditions of your PDRA01 Operational Authorisation
  • designate a Remote Pilot for each flight
  • ensure that Remote Pilots have the required qualifications and experience, and are competent to carry out the operations
  • ensure that Remote Pilots have a copy of your Operations Manual before they carry out any operations
  • ensure your operations do not cause harmful radio interference
  • use UAS that are designed to ensure that a failure will not lead the Unmanned Aircraft to fly outside of the operational volume or cause a fatality
  • maintain the UAS in a suitable condition for safe operation by, as a minimum, defining maintenance procedures and using sufficiently trained and qualified maintenance personnel
  • report any accidents, serious incidents, and other occurrences.

Operations Manual

You must develop and maintain an Operations Manual.

We strongly recommend using our template.


You must maintain up-to-date records of the following:

  • any documents relevant to flight safety
  • Remote Pilot qualifications and training details,
  • qualifications and training details for anyone carrying out duties related to your operations or maintenance activities.

You must retain these records for a minimum of 3 years.

Operator's aircraft technical logbook

We strongly recommend using our PDRA01 Technical Logbook Template.

Using our template is the easiest way to create a Logbook that will comply with the regulations.

CAP 2606A - PDRA01 UAS Operator Technical Logbook Template

You must maintain an aircraft technical logbook of the following information for each aircraft you fly under your PDRA01 Operational Authorisation:

  • make and model of aircraft
  • aircraft serial number or registration number (if applicable)
  • date, time, duration, and take off and landing location for each flight
  • Remote Pilot for each flight
  • total number of flight hours/cycles (take-off and landings)
  • details of each operation carried out
  • any significant incident or accident
  • a completed pre-flight inspection
  • any site risk assessments and radio frequency surveys carried out
  • maintenance records and activities, including details of any defects, repairs and changes to the aircraft configuration
  • the information required to comply with UAS.SPEC.100 Use of certified equipment and certified unmanned aircraft.

Your aircraft technical logbook should be in a digital format that will be easy to provide to us, and for us to use for oversight purposes.

You must keep your aircraft technical logbook up to date.

The operator's aircraft technical logbook is separate to the Remote Pilot flight log.

Using flight data recording systems

We recommend using a flight data recording system to keep records of your operations.

There's more information in the guidance material.

Regulations and guidance

This page gives an overview of key Operator responsibilities.

You must always meet the full requirements of the PDRA01 Operational Authorisation and wider regulations.

UAS.SPEC.050 Responsibilities of the UAS operator in UK Regulation (EU) 2019/947 on rules and procedures for the operation of Unmanned Aircraft.

Includes the acceptable means of compliance and guidance material.