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CAA Updates CAP1789 - New European UAS Regulations: General Outline

The CAA have today published an update to CAP1789, which details the EU regulations for unmanned aircraft.  Please see https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/33/CAP1789%20Edition3%20June2020.pdf . The regulations were due to come into effect on the 1 July, but due to disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic they will not now come into effect until 31 December. The important point for members to note is that the specific reference to model flying remains unchanged: Model aircraft Additional pro...
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CAA delay introduction of EASA regulations

As a result of COVID-19 related disruption, the CAA have today announced their intention to delay the introduction of the EU regulations for unmanned aircraft which were scheduled to come into effect on the 1st July.  The delay is for an unspecified length of time, but said to be "at least a number of months". The UK model flying associations had been actively working on their applications for 'Article 16 Authorisations', even though the July 1st deadline had been something imposed on us by the...
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Model flying and the COVID-19 Virus - Update 23-3-2020

Further to our statement last week, it is clear that the COVID-19 situation has developed very rapidly in the UK and we must now update our advice to reflect this.  Members should continue to keep themselves updated on current government and NHS advice.  Please see  https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response for the latest information. Members are advised to follow the precautions provided by the NHS at all times details of which you can find here:...
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Model flying and the COVID-19 Virus

We have been monitoring the current situation carefully and have been awaiting clear guidance from the Government before making decisions relating to general model flying and BMFA Model flying events, contests and roadshows. It is clear that the COVID-19 situation is developing rapidly in the UK and members should keep themselves updated on current government and NHS advice.  Please see  https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response  for the latest inf...
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Update - CAA Operator I.D. numbers

Earlier in the week we reported that the CAA expected BMFA members to receive their Operator I.D. numbers by the end of the week. However, as of Friday afternoon, only 4000 BMFA members I.D. numbers had been processed due to a technical problem with their system.  The DMARES guys have informed us that they will be working over the weekend to process the remaining records.  They anticipate that all members (who provided an email address) will be in receipt of their Operator I.D's by Monday morni...
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Update on CAA Operator Registration and the new General Exemption E5006 (ORS 1345)

If you are one of the 18,500 members who registered with the CAA as an Operator via the BMFA prior to the 10th February, then you should be receiving your operator number within the next few days.  The automated email sent to the first 2000 BMFA members uploaded by the CAA earlier this week included reference to the requirement for a Flyer I.D. (which members are exempted from in accordance with CAA General Exemption E 4972).  This has now been amended to reduce confusion. The purpose of the or...
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UPDATE - CAA Exemptions from the Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Scheme (DMARES)

There appears to be a considerable amount of myth and misinformation circulating about the status of the exemptions issued by the CAA including those which recognise BMFA Achievements and exempt members from registering as Operators by the 30th November (and doing it instead as part of their BMFA Membership Renewal).  Full details of the CAA exemptions can be found at www.be-lawful.bmfa.org. Concern has been expressed by some that the exemptions are only effective until June 2020.  There is how...
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CAA PUBLISHES RESPONSE TO CAP1775 - CONSULTATION ON CHARGING PROPOSALS FOR DRES

Without any fanfare (or even notification through their usual channels) the CAA have now published CAP1804, their response to CAP1775 (the consultation on the charging proposal for the 'Drone Registration and Education System - DRES)'.  You can read the response here: https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/33/CAP1804_DRES_consultation_%20response.pdf
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UPDATE - CAA DRONE AND MODEL AIRCRAFT REGISTRATION AND EDUCATION SCHEME (DRES) – CAA LAUNCHES THEIR SYSTEM

The CAA have launched their DRES system today (5th November) to allow operators of unmanned aircraft to pass a competency test and register as operators. https://register-drones.caa.co.uk/ . They have also launched a scheme to return lost ‘drones’ to their registered owners (see https://www.caa.co.uk/News/Drones-Reunited/). As has been widely discussed, with effect from the 30th November 2019, the law requires that anyone operating an unmanned aircraft outdoors which weighs more than 250g (e...
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CHAIRMAN'S STATEMENT - CAA DRONE AND MODEL AIRCRAFT REGISTRATION AND EDUCATION SCHEME (DRES)

Since the CAA finally announced details of its Drone Registration and Education Scheme (DRES) last week we have published several explanatory notes both on the BMFA website and directly to members by email.  However, the flurry of correspondence and comments on various forums and groups suggests that there is still considerable misunderstanding of the scheme and ill-feeling in some quarters about what the BMFA has been doing to support its members.  From the outset, the UK model flying Associat...
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