Comments made by NATS at the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee – 26 June

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<p>We have this morning registered our concern with Martin Rolfe, the CEO of NATS regarding the comments made by their representative at the Select Committee evidence hearing which took place on the 26th June, where 'drone' operators were categorised as either 'clueless, careless or criminal'.</p> <p>We have received assurances that NATS would never categorise operators … Read More

BBC 2 Documentary “Britain’s Next Air Disaster?”

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<p>BMFA members have been expressing their deep concern and criticism of the BBC Two documentary, ‘Britain’s Next Air Disaster? Drones?’, which sensationalised the potential risks from ‘drones’ and grossly mis-represented the entirely safe activities routinely undertaken by thousands of lawful ‘drone’ operators.</p> <p>The BMFA and other UK Associations acknowledge that unlawful operation of unmanned aircraft … Read More

HOUSE OF COMMONS SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE – COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL DRONE USE INQUIRY – THIRD EVIDENCE SESSION

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<p>The <strong><a href="http://www.parliament.uk/science">Science and Technology Committee</a></strong> holds its third evidence session on its <em>Commercial and recreational drone use in the UK</em> inquiry on Tuesday 9th July. </p> <p>Watch it online at <strong><a href="http://parliamentlive.tv/Commons">Parliament TV</a></strong>.</p> <p><strong>Witnesses:</strong></p> <p><strong>At 9.30 am</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Gemma Alcock, Founder, SkyBound Rescuer</strong></li> <li><strong>Professor David Dunn, International Politics, University of Birmingham</strong></li> <li><strong>David Phipps, Chief Executive, … Read More

CAA issues updates to 400ft Permission and FPV Exemption

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Following the recent changes to the Air Navigation Order (ANO) which introduced Flight Restriction Zones (FRZ) around protected Aerodromes (with effect from the 13th March), the CAA have now updated the PERMISSION for Association members to continue operating ‘conventional’ model aircraft (excluding multi-rotors) weighing less than 7Kg at heights exceeding 400ft.  The full text of … Read More

** IMPORTANT UPDATE ** CAA PROPOSALS PLEASE READ & SHARE **

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<p>** IMPORTANT UPDATE ** CAA PROPOSALS PLEASE READ &amp; SHARE **</p> <p>We would like to thank all members who have responded to the CAA consultation at <a href="https://consultations.caa.co.uk/finance/drone-registration/">https://consultations.caa.co.uk/finance/drone-registration/</a> and who have written to the Aviation Minister, CAA CEO and your local MPs’</p> <p>Yesterday (3/5/2019), the BMFA's CEO has been contacted and asked to attend a … Read More

Call to Action Update – Meeting with the CAA **Please read and share**

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<p>Representatives of the UK Model Flying Associations met with the CAA yesterday afternoon (29th May 2019).</p> <p>The meeting was constructive, but without any real breakthrough to report at this stage. </p> <p>The CAA were only able to discuss potential options within the restrictive policy framework dictated by the DfT.  One such option is the possibility of … Read More

House of Commons Science and Technology Committee – Commercial and Recreational Drone use Inquiry

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<p>The <strong><a href="http://www.parliament.uk/science">Science and Technology Committee</a></strong> holds its first evidence session on its <em>Commercial and recreational drone use in the UK</em> inquiry.</p> <p> </p> <p>Watch it online at <strong><a href="http://parliamentlive.tv/Commons">Parliament TV</a></strong>.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Witnesses:</strong></p> <p><strong>At 9.45 am</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Tim Johnson, Policy Director, Civil Aviation Authority</strong></li> <li><strong>Richard Parker, Chief Executive Officer, Altitude Angel</strong></li> <li><strong>Anne-Lise Scaillierez, Director, Association of Remotely Piloted … Read More

Update on changes to UK Regulations (and the 400ft height limit)

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<p>The latest meeting between the Department for Transport (DfT), Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and representatives from the UK Model Flying Associations took place this afternoon (Friday 15th June) at the DfT offices in London.<br /><br />The most urgent matter to address was the recent change to the Air Navigation Order (ANO) which introduced (in Article 94A) a … Read More