If you have ever wanted a chance to get involved in influencing future UK drone regulations, then this is it! On 9th August 2023, as part of its review of UK UAS Regulations, the CAA announced a ‘Call For Input’.
UK CAA Call For Input Review of UK UAS Regulations
To quote the CAA directly: This Call for Input seeks views from UAS stakeholders on opportunities to improve regulation of UAS.
Your feedback to this initial Call for Input will shape a future CAA consultation document. Consultation documents give limited choices. Now is the time to push the CAA in the right direction!
For instance, do you think the current rules are too complex to understand? Do you think UK rules should continue to be harmonised with the EU rules, or should we go our own way?
Let’s hear your thoughts on the specific questions on DroneHub.co.uk and let’s get into it!
The 19 questions from the CAA Review of UK UAS Regulations
Do you agree with the challenges with operational requirements identified by
stakeholders, and why?
Should the CAA adopt the following policy objectives for operational requirements and
why? Mitigate safety and security risks; User-centric; Enforceable; Growth enabling;
Scalable. Please describe any other objectives we should consider.
Do you value international alignment in operational requirements, and why?
Should the CAA re-name operational categories and sub-categories (Opportunity 1) and
Should the CAA simplify how operational requirements are categorised (Opportunity 2)
Should the CAA update how model aircraft operations are regulated (Opportunity 3) and
Should the CAA simplify exclusions from operational requirements (Opportunity 4) and
why? Please describe any alternative exclusions that should be considered.
Should the CAA change transitional arrangements for users of UAS without class marks
(Opportunity 5) and why?
Do you agree with the issues identified by stakeholders relating to product
requirements, and why?
Should the CAA adopt policy objectives for product requirements, and why? Mitigates
safety and security risks; User-centric; Growth enabling; Scalable; Internationally
aligned. Please describe any other objectives we should consider.
Should the CAA implement manufacturer standards (Opportunity 8) and why?
Should the CAA implement a product labelling scheme (Opportunity 9) and why?
Should the CAA simplify exclusions from product requirements (Opportunity 10) and
Should the CAA implement Remote ID (Opportunity 11) and why?
Should the CAA implement geo-awareness (Opportunity 12) and why?
Should the CAA introduce requirements for manufacturers to provide user guidance during product set-up or pre-flight, via the controller or other interface (Opportunity 13) and why?
Should the CAA introduce user validation requirements on manufacturers (Opportunity 14) and why?
Should the CAA simplify policy and guidance document structure (Opportunity 15) and why?
What other opportunities to improve UAS regulation, beyond those described in this Call for Input, would you like to see progressed?