Safety Recommendation: 2022-004
2022-004: It is recommended that the Civil Aviation Authority review the Visual Line of Sight distance figures in CAP 722 and amend the guidance to make it clear that just being able to see an unmanned aircraft is not sufficient for Visual Line of Sight operations and that pilots need to be able to demonstrate that at the distance they are flying, they can manoeuvre it rapidly to avoid a collision and can also land the unmanned aircraft safely following a loss of position-holding without reference to video or telemetry.
The CAA accepts the update to the recommendation. We have reviewed the content contained within CAP 722 and will amend the text accordingly to ensure that the requirement to manoeuvre the UA without the use of video or telemetry is emphasised. This new wording will, initially, be held in our amendments log and will be implemented at the next revision cycle. The draft wording is included below for information. The proposed additional text is to be included in CAP 722 2.1.1 Notes.
“It is important to note that the sole use of video aids or telemetry to control the UA does not meet the requirements for VLOS.”