17 04, 2019

DRONE SAFETY AT EVENTS 2019

By |2019-04-17T09:04:16+01:00April 17th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

As spring approaches and the UK’s weather improves soon we’ll be seeing more drones taking to the skies than ever before. Drone season is nearly upon us and this year DSR predicts that in 2019 we shall see more drones being flown at events than ever before.  This is great news as the nation’s businesses embrace drone technology.  There is nothing wrong with this at all, as long as the pilots flying drones at events are legal commercial pilots. Under the UK’s aviation law, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) states that anybody who is flying a drone [...]

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 [...]

20 02, 2019

Drones To Be Banned From Operating 5km from Airports

By |2019-02-21T03:07:05+01:00February 20th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

The Department for Transport has just announced that Drones will be banned from operating 5km from airports. This new extended no-fly zone will come into force next month. All drones will be banned from being flown within five kilometres of airports from the 13th March 2019.  Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “The law is clear that flying a drone near an airport is a serious criminal act. “We’re now going even further and extending the no-fly zone to help keep our airports secure and our skies safe. “We are also working to raise awareness of the rules in place. [...]

28 01, 2019

Drones and Agriculture

By |2019-03-19T21:15:54+01:00January 28th, 2019|Categories: Agriculture, Articles, Inspections & Surveys|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

It's largely agreed that the UK and Ireland have barely begun to tap into the huge potential that commercial drones have to offer. An industry still in its infancy, the business world is still investigating ways in which drones and unmanned aerial vehicles in general can make operations faster, safer and more cost efficient. One area that has been quicker to the party in leveraging 'drone power' is agriculture.  In fact 18% of farmers are now thought to be using drones in some form to assist them with their land management.  Particularly impressive for an industry that has [...]

14 01, 2019

What does OSC Mean?

By |2019-03-19T21:16:12+01:00January 14th, 2019|Categories: General|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

It isn't a secret that many players in the drone industry love an acronym and, while it might mean something other pilots, we at DSR want to make hiring a drone as easy as possible so we're always happy to bust an acronym where we can! Today, we're looking at OSC in business practices. If you've been looking at hiring a drone pilot, you're likely to have come across the term 'Operating Safety Case' or 'OSC'.  From this title, it's not exactly clear what the meaning is so here we go with the explanation. [...]

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 [...]

19 10, 2018

Drone Flights Indoors – CAA Provide Clarification on Recent Changes

By |2019-03-19T21:16:32+01:00October 19th, 2018|Categories: General, News|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

The recent Air Navigation Law Amendment (The Air Navigation Order 2016 as amended) made several very important changes to the drone legislation, not least of which was the introduction of a single weight class for up to 20kg (rather than the previous 0 – 7kg, 7 – 20kg split).  However, there was one amendment with regard to indoor drone flight that seemed to go largely unreported. Prior to the amendment, it was stated by the CAA that the law applied equally to drone flights taking place indoors or outdoors i.e. there was no distinct difference between [...]

15 10, 2018

Drone Guide to Understanding Airspace

By |2019-03-19T21:16:33+01:00October 15th, 2018|Categories: General, News|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

This is the third in our series of articles explaining more about the requirements drone pilots have to meet in order to fly both safely and legally.  Understanding some of these issues means that you’ll be better placed to understand when and how drones can offer benefit to you through aerial photography and videography.  This section looks at airspace and the role that it plays.. So the UK (and indeed the world but we’re going to keep to the UK here) are governed by internationally recognised airspace zones as defined and governed by the CAA - [...]

8 10, 2018

Hiring a Drone Operator – Flying Distances

By |2019-03-19T21:16:33+01:00October 8th, 2018|Categories: General, News|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

This is the second part in our series designed to explain some of the basic principles about hiring a drone operator and the standards they have to meet in order to fly safely and legally.  In particular, we’ll be looking at the distances that a drone pilot must keep to as this is something that you’ll often hear talked about and can be a bit confusing. Maximum Height that a Drone Can Fly So a drone may only fly up to 400 feet about the ground, that’s 120 metres.  This is to keep it under the [...]

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 [...]

24 09, 2018

Hiring a Drone Operator – What you Need to Know about the Legal Requirements

By |2019-03-19T21:16:50+01:00September 24th, 2018|Categories: General, News|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

There’s no doubt that drones are amazing tools that can provide benefits in so many areas of both our business and personal lives.  If you’re looking at hiring a drone operator however, there are some facts that you need to know about. What are the legal requirements for them to adhere to in order to work safely and legally in the UK? We’ll be publishing a series of blog posts on this subject right here on the DSR website over the coming weeks. We will be aiming to demystify some of the laws, the bizarre press [...]

21 08, 2018

UK Drone Laws – Air Navigation (Amendment) 2018

By |2019-03-19T21:39:39+01:00August 21st, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

UK drone laws are relatively new and are having to adapt to the greater use of unmanned aircraft. Industry experts predict that the number of drones in use in the UK will soar over the next twenty years. As well as hobby flyers, commercial drone operators will be working for a broad range of industries. In May 2018 the Government announced a change to the UK Air Navigation Order of 2016, which means a new set of UK drone laws. Some parts of this came into force on 30 July 2018 with others following in November [...]

15 08, 2018

Drone photography UK Laws

By |2019-03-19T21:43:04+01:00August 15th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Drone photography UK laws are designed to protect the safety and privacy of the general public. Newly introduced data protection laws known as ‘GDPR’ have increased privacy protection in the UK. As drone technology is still relatively new, legislation is having to catch up and adapt to their use. Anyone using drones for aerial photography has a responsibility to understand existing laws and keep up with changes. The first important thing to understand is the difference in laws applying to hobby flyers and commercial drone operators. Anyone offering services like drone roof inspections and drone wedding [...]

14 08, 2018

Is it Legal to Shoot at a Drone?

By |2019-03-19T21:42:55+01:00August 14th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Public perception of drones remains negative, and this is largely driven by scare stories in the popular press. Reports of near-misses with aircraft are often highly questionable, but they grab headlines and sell newspapers. The truth is that the vast majority of drone owners use their aircraft safely and responsibly. Can you shoot down a drone is a question asked by those who fear drone technology and want to protect their privacy. They believe drones are used for ‘snooping’ and to peep through bathroom windows. These ideas are of course ridiculous! Concerns over privacy must be [...]

28 04, 2018

CAA NQE List – Get Trained & find Work

By |2019-01-23T16:56:42+01:00April 28th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The drone industry is booming in the UK, and the demand for trained, approved pilots is greater than ever. DSR finds well paid work for it’s members. Companies authorised by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to deliver training to commercial drone pilots are called National Qualified Entities or NQE’s. A search of the CAA NQE list is a good starting point if you’re interested in starting a drone business or following a career in the industry. Back in 2013 the CAA list of approved pilots had only 117 names. There are now over 4,000! There are [...]

27 04, 2018

CAA approved drone operators

By |2019-01-23T17:22:19+01:00April 27th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Safe use of drones is underpinned by UK law. The regulations are set out in the Air Navigation Order 2016 (ANO 2016), and there are specific rules for anyone using a drone for commercial purposes. CAA approved drone operators are required to take an exam to prove they understand the relevant laws and can operate safely and within them. We are proudly the UK’s largest network of CAA approved drone operators. We have pilots for hire nationwide. The relevant sections of legislation are – Article 241 – endangering safety of any person or property. This is [...]