Update on EU regulations – supporting documents published

EASA have now published documents outlining their Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC) and Guidance Material (GM) in support of the EU regulations for unmanned aircraft.

The documents can be found here: https://www.easa.europa.eu/document-library/agency-decisions/ed-decision-2019021r

The AMC for Article 14 includes our suggested provision to permit registration numbers to be carried inside a model aircraft, which is consistent with what we agreed recently with the DfT/CAA.  “If the size of the UA does not allow the mark to be displayed in a visible way on the fuselage, or the UA represents a real aircraft where affixing the marking on the UA would spoil the realism of the representation, a marking inside the battery compartment is acceptable if the compartment is accessible”. 

The AMC for Article 16 includes our request to facilitate cross border operations:  “The authorisation may also include operations by persons who temporarily join in with the activities of the club or association (e.g. for leisure during holidays or for a contest), as long as the procedures provided by the club or association define conditions acceptable to the competent authority”. 

The general principle adopted by the EASA team was to keep reference to model flying to a minimum within the AMC/GM documents on the basis that (with the exception of registration) model flying conducted within the framework of Associations is outside the scope of their regulations and details should be agreed at national level.

If you would like to find out more, the CAA have produced CAP1789 which is a useful guide to the EU regulations (which are likely to be followed from July 2020) and the CAA’s summary is far easier to digest than the original EU documents.  You can find CAP1789 here: http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/33/CAP1789%20EU%20UAS%20Regulations-Guidance.pdf

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