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24 09, 2019

ALL commercial Drone Pilots have to take online test and register their drones before the end of November 2019.

By |2019-10-01T20:17:10+01:00September 24th, 2019|Categories: CAA, EASA, News|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Reminder. ALL PfCO holders have to take online test and register their drone before November 30, 2019 The compulsory online Drone Registration and test for UAV operators and pilots comes into force on November 30, 2019, with a £1,000 fine if you do not comply. The online test and Register My Drone will be available from October 1, 2019. The regulations apply to UAVs weighing between 250g and 20kg that are used outdoors. Although commercial UAV operators and pilots have spent thousands of pounds on CAA fees, ground schools and flight tests, undertaken specialist training such as mapping, inspection [...]

15 07, 2019

Understanding EASA Drone Regulations – Categories and Classes – Part 2

By |2019-07-14T13:43:59+01:00July 15th, 2019|Categories: CAA, EASA, Featured|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Understanding EASA Drone Regulations Categories and Classes – Part 2 EASA regulations have been developed to allow free circulation of drones within Europe and apply clear and comprehensive safety standards to the field of unmanned aerial systems. They become applicable in the UK on July 1st 2020.  This blog series looks at separate aspects of the upcoming changes. In this post, we’re going to take a look at the new categories for drone operation and classes of drone. There will be three categories of drone operation and they relate to the [...]

13 07, 2019

Understanding EASA Drone Regulations – an Overview Part 1

By |2019-07-13T16:19:56+01:00July 13th, 2019|Categories: Articles, CAA, EASA, Featured|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

Understanding EASA Drone Regulations An Overview - Part 1 The early part of 2019 has seen the publication of a new a set of regulations regarding drone use in Europe. Initially proposed in the Summer of 2015, the aim is to standardise UAS regulations across Europe with a wider goal of promoting the growth of the European drone industry through this simplification across contracted States. However, the regulations themselves look anything but simple so we’re going to look at different aspects over the coming weeks and months to break it all [...]

8 07, 2019

The CAA Innovation Hub

By |2019-07-08T16:44:24+01:00July 8th, 2019|Categories: CAA, News|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

The CAA Innovation Hub The CAA has been established for nearly half a century and has undoubtedly seen a huge amount of changes in that time, from increased demand to changes in airspace use.  With the rise in drone technology and the possibilities opened up by developments in artificial intelligence, this pace of change looks to be increasing. The next decade is likely to see radically different airspace usage. To this end, the CAA are meeting the challenge head on with the creation of their Innovation Hub. This is a dedicated [...]

21 06, 2019

When can you fly a drone by Gatwick Airport?

By |2019-06-21T15:53:43+01:00June 21st, 2019|Categories: Aerial Photography, Aerial Video and Filming, Articles, CAA, Featured, News|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

You can't fly a drone near an airport... or can you? The drone incursion at Gatwick Airport last December was clearly a reckless and deliberate act of sabotage, the consequences of which brought misery to the travelling public and burdened the airport and airlines alike with significant expense and logistic upheaval.  The cost to the UK has been put in excess of £50m. While the story moves off into distant memory, 6 months on from the incident, the aftermath has also left its mark on the fledgling commercial drone services industry, with many operators, particularly those that work [...]

20 06, 2019

An Amazing Professional Members Meeting at Gatwick Air Museum

By |2019-06-21T10:07:46+01:00June 20th, 2019|Categories: Articles, CAA, Featured, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

An Incredible Agenda at the DSR Professional Members Meeting June 19th saw Drone Safe Register bringing together industry experts along with more than one hundred of its members at Gatwick Aviation Museum for a second business meeting, building on the success of the last meeting in September 2018 Photography by Nigel Bowles at John Connor Press Associates Ltd The venue, Gatwick Air Museum, lies meters away from the end of the runway at Gatwick Airport and was deliberately chosen on this occasion for that reason. There have been significant consequences [...]

4 06, 2019

Are Government and the Media Responding to Misinformation?

By |2019-06-16T11:57:10+01:00June 4th, 2019|Categories: CAA, Featured, News|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Are Government and the Media Responding to Misinformation? Well the answer is clearly - YES! A recent request for data under the Freedom of Information Act was made to the UK Airprox Board (UKAB) by the Airprox Reality Check Organisation and the results are causing quite a stir within the drone industry. The information requested was the amount of airprox incidences where there was proof outside of the report itself that a drone has flown close to an aircraft in UK skies and the answer was a resounding zero. [...]

4 05, 2019

Drone Registration – 6 Questions for the CAA and Government

By |2019-06-16T11:57:57+01:00May 4th, 2019|Categories: Articles, CAA, Featured|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

CAA Drone Registration DSR asks 6 Questions of the CAA and Government about the incoming drone registration process and fee Long before the December 2018 Gatwick drone incident, the Government in compliance with the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), agreed to implement the EASA harmonised rules and regulations for safe drone operations. In 2018, the UK Government mandated a drone registration and education scheme in the UK to strengthen, they believe, ‘the accountability of drone users and their awareness of how to fly their drones safely’. This now being a matter of law, the registration stage will open [...]

8 04, 2019

Flying near Airports and Aerodromes and other ANO Amendments

By |2019-04-09T14:58:24+01:00April 8th, 2019|Categories: Articles, CAA, Featured, General|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Flying near Airports and Aerodromes and other ANO Amendments As drone technology has become more and more a part of everyday life, it has become increasingly clear that amendments have will continue to be required to the UK's Air Navigation Order.  The law is never finished as the saying goes and must change to reflect the circumstances and sometimes, the events, of the day. One such event that can be credited with heralding the first of two rounds of changes of SUA operators in 2019, is the shutdown of Gatwick airport [...]

18 03, 2019

CAA Regulations – Evolution and Revolution

By |2019-03-24T23:01:46+01:00March 18th, 2019|Categories: CAA, Featured|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

CAA Regulations – Evolution and Revolution The world of aviation is facing a brand new challenge in the form of drone operators.  Although currently much of the same aviation law applies to the pilot of a drone as much as to the pilot of a jet, it has to be recognised that UAVs have their own set of challenges and requirements. At this point in the industry’s development, commercial operators will recognise that the world of SUA legislation is in a state of near constant change as the various regulators grapple with an evolving [...]

12 03, 2019

March 13th 2019 Air Navigation Order Amendments

By |2019-03-24T23:01:46+01:00March 12th, 2019|Categories: Articles, CAA, Featured|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

As drone technology has become more and more a part of everyday life, it has become increasingly clear that amendments have been required to the UK's Air Navigation Order. The law is never finished as the saying goes and must change to reflect the circumstances and sometimes, the events, of the day. One such event that can be credited with heralding the first of two rounds of changes of SUA operators in 2019, is the shutdown of Gatwick airport in December 2018 by the apparent unauthorised drone activity. Whether you feel that the amendments are a [...]

12 01, 2019

CAA Airspace Portal – Checking for Changes

By |2019-03-19T21:16:12+01:00January 12th, 2019|Categories: CAA, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Airspace counts as an invisible national asset – put simply, it is defined as the part of the atmosphere controlled by a State above its territory and over the sea which it is committed to provide air navigation services. It is divided into two main categories – controlled and uncontrolled space and in the UK, the CAA is the body that’s responsible for administering the rules and regulations regarding it. Over time, obviously, the needs for the airspace change and so the airspace classes need to be amended so they can meet these requirements.  [...]

24 12, 2018

The CAA Drone Awareness Study 2018

By |2019-03-19T21:16:12+01:00December 24th, 2018|Categories: CAA|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

It's easy to be misled by the news headlines into thinking that drones have nothing positive to offer the UK economy and indeed society but the CAA, as the body in charge of creating the set of rules and regulations that control their use, were keen to get behind the front pages and find out what people really thought about UAVs. So they interviewed a large number of people from members of the public through to commercial pilots to try to find out where opinion really lies and to be able to build a [...]

10 12, 2018

CAA Begin their Drone Consultation

By |2019-03-19T21:16:13+01:00December 10th, 2018|Categories: CAA, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The 30th May 2018 saw the government's announcement that further drone laws were being introduced as part of their ‘ Industrial Strategy: the Grand Challenges ’  initiative designed to take drones safely forward into the UK's future. These laws will affect all drone users (flying craft over 250g which includes the DJI Spark) from the casual hobbyist to the full time commercial pilot but the good news is that we all have time to prepare. The CAA have just launched their own consultation survey to allow them to build the necessary systems and procedures to accommodate the new legislation and [...]

29 09, 2018

CAA Provide Clarification Regarding Thames

By |2019-03-19T21:16:49+01:00September 29th, 2018|Categories: CAA, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

It seems that a long running debate over the control that the Port of London Authority can exercise over drone pilots has finally been settled with written confirmation from the CAA. The Port of London Authority (PLA) is responsible for enforcing the laws and regulations that apply on the tidal River Thames – a stretch of 95 miles running from Teddington to the North Sea.  They publish on their website a page specific to the use of Drones / Unmanned Aerial Vehicles which sets out a number of requirements along with a statement reading “…the river is not [...]