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Membership website back online

On Friday evening 8/03/2019 after 19.35 the software on our members.fpvuk.org web server was updated. Unfortunately a problem with that update resulted in the members.fpvuk.org part of our website (the part where new members join) being unavailable until approximately 23.45 on Saturday 09/03/2019. After this time, until approximately 11.45 on Sunday 10/03/2019 new members were […]

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EASA approves unified set of drone rules for all EU countries

Final Implementing Regulation is expected to be published in early summer 2019

On 28 February 2019 the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Committee gave its positive vote to the European Commission’s proposal for a unified set of rules in all EU countries regulating the operations of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). The Commission’s proposal is to extend the scope of the European Aviation Safety rules to all drones regardless […]

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CAA reissues first-person view (FPV) exemption

Updated exemption includes new flight restriction zones, applicable from 13th March 2019

The CAA General Exemption which permits FPV activity has been amended in order to accommodate the changes to the Air Navigation Order 2016 (see CAP 1763) which come into force on Wednesday 13 March 2019. Details of the new General Exemption, which also takes effect on the same day, can be found here ORS4 No1294

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DJI improves geofencing to protect European airports and facilities

'GEO 2.0' provides more sophisticated data to 32 European countries

DJI geofencing uses GPS and other navigational satellite signals to prevent drones from flying near sensitive locations such as airports, prisons, nuclear power plants and high-profile events. These no-go-zones are high safety risks areas where drones cannot take off, or fly into, without special authorisation. DJI’s new geofencing system, GEO 2.0, is powered by data […]

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DfT announces amendments to the Air Navigation Order

Changes to legislation will come into force on 13 March 2019

On 20 February 2019 the UK Government announced amendments to the UK Air Navigation Order 2016 (ANO). This includes changes to aspects of the previous ANO that was published on 30 May 2018. These unexpected amendments are widely seen as a ‘knee-jerk’ reaction following the media coverage of the Gatwick and Heathrow ‘events’.  No consultation was […]

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'A club for drone pilots, run by drone pilots'

The inspiring story of Drone Circle

Drone Circle is a fast-growing club based in Wildboarclough, Cheshire. They currently have 50 members and a place to host both indoor and outdoor events, where everyone is welcome to make the most out of their passion: drone flying. But it wasn’t always like that. It all started in Macclesfield in August 2017, when the […]

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FPV UK endorses DJI’s call for caution when reporting drone incidents

Recommended read for drone pilots

FPV UK’s aim is to support our members, to promote best practice and to shine a light on misrepresentation of the drone community.  FPV UK condemns illegal activity, however it is important to resist the urge to jump to conclusions (or even worse, knee-jerk reactions) when incidents are alleged to occur.  Recent events at Gatwick […]

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BBC Breakfast invites FPV UK members to take part in a film about drones

The filming is scheduled for Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th January

BBC Breakfast television is making a film all about drones: their potential, the risks involved, what people love about them (and of course the recent coverage of an alleged drone at Gatwick and Heathrow will come up). The BBC would like to interview FPV UK members, an individual or a group, who are passionate about […]

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FPV UK aerial SWAT team

FPV UK offers assistance to the authorities

FPV UK, the UK association for radio control model and drone pilots, stands ready to offer expert FPV drone pilots to take down illegal drones. Simon Dale, chief executive said “Our membership includes some of the best racing and stunt pilots in the world.  These experts can fly their special drones, which do not have […]

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The drone incident at Gatwick Airport

FPV UK strongly condemns illegal activity

Regarding the alleged drone incident at Gatwick airport. The media are alleging the following: One, or possibly several, small unmanned aircraft allegedly flew over Gatwick airfield, several times, between the evening of Wednesday 19th of December and the evening of Thursday 20th December. No aircraft has been captured. No operator has been found. No specific […]

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