Please be aware that UAS applications received after 30th July 2018 may be rejected by the CAA if they do not reflect the latest amendment to the Air Navigation Order (ANO).
Before you make an application please ensure that your Operations Manual has been updated and meets the requirements set out in latest Air Navigation Order 2018 amendment.
Please refer to CAP 1687 which provides full guidance for small aircraft users.
Key areas to consider include:
All existing applications submitted up until 30/07/18 will be accepted if referencing the Air Navigation Order 2016 prior to the 2018 amendment. Any NQE recommendations which have been granted by an NQE prior to 30/07/18, will not be affected by the Air Navigation Order amendments.
The standard Permission For Commercial Operations (PFCO) will be amended as follows from 30/07/18:
This will simplify the application process and grant additional privileges to applicants. It will also help to reduce queries to the CAA and reduce costs to industry for variations to standard permissions. The current OSC process remains unchanged.
Finally please note that the UK government has issued a further public consultation regarding drone operations within the UK, which we encourage you to read and respond to.
Further details can be found on the CAA website.
RUAS offer full guidance and assistance to their students. More information on RUAS' training courses can be found on our training pages.