CAA issues Article 16 Operational Authorisation - UAS 7068

Following several years of negotiations, the CAA issued ‘UAS 7068’ – UAS implementing regulation article 16 operational authorisation.  Operational Authorisation UAS 7806 is available here.

When the rules changed on 31st December 2020 this authorisation came into effect and allows association members to enjoy privileges beyond the new UAS rules.  Such as:

  • Flying FPV without a competent observer for each drone – in a sterile area (such as a race location).
  • Flying FPV with a competent observer.
  • Flying your aircraft above 400ft (except multirotors).
  • Flying in a park (a built up area is normally defined as ‘An area substantially used for industrial, recreational, commercial or residential purposes’ and is not allowed.  Under the authorisation flight is allowed in ‘an area used only for recreational purposes’ – such as a park).
  • Flying to a minimum distance of 30m from uninvolved people (15m on take off and landing) – this forms an imaginary bubble around the person (unlike the open category which requires a 50m horizontal distance) – ie overflight is allowed for association members.

A new FPV UK Handbook accompanies the authorisation.

You must familiarise yourself with the authorisation and the FPV UK handbook and accept them before flying under its terms.  There are certain requirements to report accidents and incidents when flying which are relevant when flying under the extra privileges allowed by the authorisation.

Once you are familiar with the authorisation and are happy to fly within it’s terms simply log into your FPV UK account and tick the box next to: ‘I have read and understood the conditions and restrictions of the Article 16 Operational Authorisation’

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