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: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Understanding EASA Drone Regulations – Categories and Classes – Part 2

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: , , , , , |Comments Off on Understanding EASA Drone Regulations – an Overview Part 1

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: , , , , |Comments Off on The CAA Innovation Hub

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 [...]

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: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on An Amazing Professional Members Meeting at Gatwick Air Museum

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 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: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Drone Registration – 6 Questions for the CAA and Government

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 [...]

17 04, 2019

DRONE SAFETY AT EVENTS 2019

By |2019-04-17T09:04:16+01:00April 17th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on DRONE SAFETY AT EVENTS 2019

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: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Flying near Airports and Aerodromes and other ANO Amendments

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: , , , , , , |Comments Off on CAA Regulations – Evolution and Revolution

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: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on March 13th 2019 Air Navigation Order Amendments

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: , , , , |Comments Off on Drones To Be Banned From Operating 5km from Airports

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: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Drones and Agriculture

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: , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on What does OSC Mean?

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: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on CAA Airspace Portal – Checking for Changes

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: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on The CAA Drone Awareness Study 2018

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: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on CAA Begin their Drone Consultation

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: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Drone Flights Indoors – CAA Provide Clarification on Recent Changes

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: , , , , |Comments Off on Drone Guide to Understanding Airspace

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: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Hiring a Drone Operator – Flying Distances

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: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on CAA Provide Clarification Regarding Thames

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: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Hiring a Drone Operator – What you Need to Know about the Legal Requirements

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 [...]