EASA publishes its opinion on the Regulatory Framework for the Operation of UAS

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) recently published this document –  ‘Opinion No 01/2018 – Introduction of Regulatory Framework for the Operation of UAS in the Open and Specific Categories.’ UVS International (UVSI),the leading international organisation dedicated to the promotion of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), has provided an initial summary of the document.. The new proposals have differences in comparison to the original draft, registration requirements being one in particular. The requirement is to register the Operator but the UAV only needs registration under certain circumstances. There will be reduced distances permitted (5m) if the equipment has a number […]

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Five cities selected to develop future of drone operations

Five pioneering cities have been chosen to participate in the Flying High Challenge to design how drone technology could operate in complex city environments to address local needs. This announcement follows an open call launched in November 2017 by Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre as part of the Flying High Challenge, developed in partnership with Innovate UK. Bradford, London, Preston, Southampton and the West Midlands will now work with the Flying High team over the next five months to look at how drones could be used in their communities. One of the chosen cities, Southampton, one of the UK’s major port […]

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CAA Publish CAP 1627 – Drone Safety Risk: An assessment

The CAA has recently published CAP 1627 – Drone Safety Risk: An assessment. This reviews the unintentional safety risk of UAV usage. At the time of publication there had been seven confirmed cases of direct in flight contact between drones and civil or military manned aircraft worldwide. There have been no known collisions between small drones and manned aircraft in the UK. However, the number of occasions where pilots have reported suspected drones in proximity to their aircraft in the UK is increasing; there were 59 such occasions between April 2016 and March 2017. Two of these involved large passenger aircraft […]

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