RUAS Prepares for New EASA Drone Regulations

Paul German | 13.01.2020

Following the CAA's publication of the latest CAP722B and a workshop held at Aviation House, Gatwick on the 6th December 2019, the new EASA Drone Regulations which come into force on the 1st July 2020 will bring a new look to the current National Qualified Entity (NQE) system that approves Remote Pilots.

RUAS will be working with the CAA in order to ensure our seamless transition to Recognised Assessment Entities (RAEs) status by the 1st July 20 in order to continue delivering the training and assessments required to operate Drones under the new EASA regime. There is nothing to worry about for existing PfCO holders as permissions will still be valid until expiry date, so you do not suddenly become illegal on 1st July 2020. However, RUAS will be able to support your needs and training going forward.

The next 6 months will see NQEs transition to a new regime and going forward will be referred to as a RAE. The name change will not change the function of what RUAS provides (training and assessments to approve Remote Pilots), but under the new EASA regulations, what is offered will be changing.

These new regulations (published on the 1st July 2019 as the Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/947) will introduce 3 categories of Operation Centric and Risk Based Approach; the Open Category, the Specific Category and the Certified Category.

The level of approval that will be required via the RAE depends on the specific operations required to be conducted.

Within the Open Category, the A2 subcategory will require the achievement of the A2 Certificate of Remote Pilot Competency (A2 CoC) in order to operate. This will comprise of theoretical learning and assessment in addition to the CAA online learning and test that provides a Flyer ID.

The Specific Category will require the achievement of the General VLOS Certificate (GVC) in order to operate and will require both theoretical learning and assessment plus a practical flight test (very similar to the current system) in addition to the CAA online learning and test that provides a Flyer ID, but may also be enhanced by additional modules as required, initially there will be only 1 additional module, which will cover EVLOS operations.

The Certified Category will be dealt with under the same regulatory regime as manned aviation and regulations are expected to be published in December 2022.

For more information on the upcoming changes please contact RUAS on +44 (0) 1366 835 123 or email contact@ruas.co.uk.