CAA Publishes CAP1789 – Outlining the EU regulations for Unmanned Aircraft

The EU regulations for Unmanned Aircraft were published in the Official Journal of the European Union on the 11th June and the Implementing Regulation will become applicable on 1st July, 2020.

The CAA have recently published CAP1789 which provides a detailed guide to the EU regulations which you can find here: http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/33/CAP1789%20EU%20UAS%20Regulations-Guidance.pdf

CAP1789 includes a paragraph specifically relating to model aircraft which states:

Additional provisions are made within the regulation to cater for operations, including registration and remote pilot competence, under the framework of model aircraft clubs or associations under a separate authorisation that can be negotiated with, and issued by, the CAA.

This is essentially what we’ve been arguing for! 

Implementing significant changes to the ANO under UK law (mandating registration and competence requirements) with effect from 30th November 2019 which may then have to be revised/amended with effect from the 1st July 2020 seems to be a wholly unnecessary complication and surely it would be far better to get it right once, but few things in life are ever simple.

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