Alerts: Drones

Here you can see details of all alerts issued during the last 12 months. Select a category to see the relevant headlines, sorted by date, and click on one to read the full alert. If you are looking for information about an older notification please email content@caa.co.uk including the reference number where possible e.g. SW2017/194.

Small Unmanned Aircraft: Guidance & Policy Update

A new edition of CAP 722 has been published. The update follows amendments to the Air Navigation Order and splits the content into three separate documents: CAP722: Unmanned Aircraft System Operations in UK Airspace – Guidance & Policy CAP722A: Unmanned Aircraft System Operations in UK Airspace – Operating Safety Cases CAP722B: Unmanned Aircraft System Operations […]

Alert for restricted Airspace – Fairford, Brize Norton and Old Warden (Temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford and in vicinity of RAF Brize Norton between 17 and 22 July 2019 and for flying display at Old Warden Aerodrome on 20 July 2019. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M064/2019 and AIC M019/2019 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all […]

Alert for restricted Airspace – Beccles and Sefton Park (Temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Latitude Music Festival near Beccles, Suffolk from 18 to 22 July 2019 and The International Music Festival at Sefton Park, Liverpool between 19 and 21 July 2019. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M050/2019 and AIC M063/2019 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions apply only to the operation of unmanned aircraft. SW2019/139

Alert for restricted Airspace – RAF Fairford (Temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for mixed-formation Flypast over RAF Fairford via Shropshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire on 20 and 21 July 2019. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M095/2019 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2019/134

Small UAS flights below 400 ft will no longer be notified

Following recent updates to the Air Navigation Order for small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS) we have reviewed the process for the notification of SUAS flights. Subsequently we will no longer issue NOTAM for SUAS flights below 400ft AGL. This decision follows engagement with key stakeholders and the use of risk analysis tools and safety data. […]

New European UAS Regulations

We have published an outline of the new EU unmanned aircraft regulations under CAP1789 It includes a simple explanation of the general intent behind the key parts of the regulations and our plans for their implementation within the UK next year. It is intended to be used as an aid to reading and understanding the […]

Plymouth – Alert for restricted Airspace (Temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at Plymouth, Devon on 29 June 2019. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M049/2019 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2019/128

Silverstone and Turweston – Alert for restricted Airspace (Temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Silverstone and Turweston for British Grand Prix between 12 and 14 July 2019. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M084/2019 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2019/127  

Small Unmanned Aircraft – Airspace Access Report Form

Following the 2019 amendment of the Air Navigation Order (ANO), we have launched an online form to report instances where access to airspace has been denied to UAS, and where the request may not have been considered in line with the guidance set out in CAP1788 and with consideration of the interests described below. Users […]

CHIRP General Aviation FEEDBACK

Edition 80 includes: Flight into controlled airspace; Go-around techniques; Drones operating near airfields; Loss of engine power; and Students’ preparedness for training.

Expired: Temporary Restricted Airspace for Head of State visit: 3 – 5 June 2019

Restriction of Flying Regulations for the visit of a Head of State between 3 and 5 June 2019. Restrictions established along Lea Valley, in Central and SW London, on a route between London and Southsea Common (Hants) and then to Southampton Airport. Details by NOTAM and in a briefing sheet at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com Restrictions also apply to the […]

Alert for restricted Airspace (Temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at an Airshow at RAF Cosford, Shropshire Torbay Airshow on 10 June 2019 and Dunsfold, (Surrey) Wings and Wheels Airshow on 15 and 16 June 2019. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M049/2019 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2019/117

DJI Matrice 210 series drone

On 22 March 2019 the CAA released a Skywise update regarding the DJI M210 series drone and a number of reported failures. The manufacturer has been unable to identify a common root cause and continues to investigate whether the failures are related. The CAA has received no further similar reports. No additional restrictions beyond those […]

Confusion over Channel airspace restrictions

There has been some confusion over restrictions for Beyond Visual Line of Sight operations over the Channel. This is partly due to the way the French produce NOTAMS and how the third party apps presents them. Manned and unmanned aircraft pilots seeing a large restricted airspace structure over the south east coast are only seeing […]

Alert for restricted Airspace (Temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows displays for the Torbay Airshow at Paignton, Devon on 1 and 2 June 2019. Also, Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at Portsmouth, Hampshire on 5 June 2019 . Details by NOTAM and in AIC M049/2019 at https://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of […]

Alert for restricted Airspace (Temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Cricket World Cup matches at The County Ground cricket ground, Bristol on 1, 7, 11 June 2019. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M043/2019 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com Restrictions only apply to the operation of unmanned aircraft systems. SW2019/110

Alert for restricted Airspace (Temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a large formation of aircraft routing from Duxford to France via Sudbury, Colchester, Southend, Maidstone and Eastbourne on 5 June 2019 for D-Day 75 anniversary event in Normandy. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M037/2019. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones SW2019/103

Alert for restricted Airspace (Temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations in the vicinity of Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight on 5 June 2019 for D-Day 75 anniversary event and associated Flypast . Details by NOTAM and in AIC M057/2019 and AIC M058/2019. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2019/102

ALERT FOR RESTRICTED AIRSPACE (TEMPORARY)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Cricket World Cup matches at The Oval cricket ground, London, on 25, 27, 30 May, 2, 5, 9, 15 June. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M042/2019 at here.  Restrictions only apply to the operation of unmanned aircraft systems. SW2019/101

ALERT FOR RESTRICTED AIRSPACE (TEMPORARY)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Midlands Air Festival 2019 between 17 and 19 May 2019 in the vicinity of Nuneaton, Warwickshire. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M023/2019 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones SW2019/094

Predannack Airfield ACP Decision

ACP Decision Letter approving the implementation of a new Danger Area at Predannack Airfield and another linking this to the South Coast Exercise Areas for the operation of Unmanned Aerial Systems have been published on the CAA website. SW2019/091

ALERT FOR RESTRICTED AIRSPACE (TEMPORARY)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Midlands Air Festival 2019 between 17 and 19 in the vicinity of Nuneaton, Warwickshire. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M023/2019. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. You can find details here. SW2019/090          

ALERT FOR RESTRICTED AIRSPACE (TEMPORARY)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for flying display at Old Warden Aerodrome on 18 May 2019. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M019/2019. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones We have received some reports of links to the NATS page being broken. We apologise for the inconvenience. The full link is: http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com/public/index.php%3Foption=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=162&Itemid=59.html SW2019/089

ALERT FOR RESTRICTED AIRSPACE (TEMPORARY)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for flying display at Old Warden Aerodrome on 18 May 2019. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M019/2019 here.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones SW2019/089

UK Drone Registration Scheme

A consultation is now open, until 7 June 2019, on the proposed charge for the new UK drone operator registration scheme. This will become law at the end of November 2019. You can view the consultation at https://consultations.caa.co.uk/finance/drone-registration/ SW2019/086

CHIRP Air Transport feedback Edition 130

In the latest issue of CHIRP (confidential and independent reporting): Exhaust fumes entering a helicopter cabin on start-up R/T calls to helicopters in critical stages of flight The priorities afforded to medical flights Training v Familiarisation Captains flying as First Officers Open reporting cultures The reporting of CPDLC status Apparent landings below approach minima Possible loss of separation […]

Granting Permission for SUA operating in FRZs

Guidance for Aerodrome Operators of protected aerodromes to more fully inform decisions to grant or deny permission for small unmanned aircraft to operate within their Flight Restriction Zones (FRZs) has now been published: CAP1788 SUA Permission Guidance SW2019/081

Summer 2019 English Channel airspace restrictions

Between 2 May and 30 August 2019 a number of airspace restrictions and a temporary danger area will be put in place over the English Channel to accommodate a large Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) conducting atmospheric research. Please visit our news alert for more information. SW2019/080

DJI Matrice 210 series drone

The CAA has received six Mandatory Occurrence Reports in the last three months affecting the DJI Matrice 210 series drone. The reports have indicated that on each occasion the DJI M210 has malfunctioned resulting in rapid uncontrolled descent and consequent damage to the airframe upon impact with the ground. Reports suggest the issue may lie […]

The Air Navigation Order 2016 and Regulations

The fifth edition, amendment 13 March 2019 of CAP 393 The Air Navigation Order 2016 and Regulations has been published. Amendments to the Air Navigation Order are shown as explained in para 1.4 of the foreword. SW2019/066

CANCELLED: ALERT FOR RESTRICTED AIRSPACE (TEMPORARY)

The Red Arrows display at RAF Coningsby on 22 March 2019 has been cancelled and therefore there will be not be restricted airspace because of this. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. SW2019/065

Expired: ALERT FOR RESTRICTED AIRSPACE (TEMPORARY)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows flying display rehearsal at RAF Linton-On-Ouse, North Yorkshire on 1 or 2 April 2019. Details by NOTAM at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all Drones.

Update to EU exit information – Occurrence Reporting

We have created a new tab on occurrence reporting on our website in the event of a non-negotiated EU exit. Organisations that are required to provide mandatory occurrence reports should read this page. SW2019/061  

Electronic Conspicuity: Call for evidence

The UK Civil Aviation Authority is calling for evidence over Electronic Conspicuity (EC). EC has the potential to unlock safety benefits and save lives by reducing the likelihood of infringements and mid-air collisions. We would like you to consider the suggested approach and provide responses to six core questions: https://consultations.caa.co.uk/corporate-communications/e-conspicuity-solutions/ SW2019/057  

CAA 2019/20 Statutory Schemes of Charges

We have published today under CAA UK Official Record Series 5 our revised 13 Schemes of Charges that will be legally implemented with effect from 1 April 2019. The current 13 Schemes of Charges will be effective to and including 31 March 2019. SW2019/053

Small Unmanned Aircraft – Air Navigation Order Amendments now in force. New Exemptions and Permissions issued

Operators of small unmanned aircraft are reminded that the Air Navigation Order 2016 (ANO) 2019 amendments announced previously are now in force. A summary of these changes can be found in CAP 1763. The following General Exemptions have been issued, which reflect these changes. ORS4- 1294: Small Unmanned Aircraft – First Person View (FPV) Flying […]

Draft Commission Implementing Regulation for Unmanned Aircraft Operations

Proposals from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for a unified set of drone rules for all EU countries gained a final adoption (approval) at the end of February. Although substantially revised it follows the general principles published by EASA in February 2018 in its Opinion 2018-02.  The Implementing Regulation (rules) is expected to be […]

Small Unmanned Aircraft – Reissued First Person View General Exemption

Operators of small unmanned aircraft (drones) using ‘first person view’ (FPV) equipment should note that the General Exemption which permits this 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 […]

Small unmanned aircraft guidance – CAP1763

We have published a document that covers the small unmanned aircraft related articles within the Air Navigation Order that will remain relevant after the 13 March 2019 amendment. It provides an outline of the revised regulations as they now appear in law, guidance on the effects of the two recent changes, and how they will […]

Blocking trials effecting UAS control

Jamming activity will take place 11th – 22nd of February 2019 near the STANTA training area in Norfolk within 3NM of location 523230N 0004352E. The activity may affect UAV within 20NM (433-915MHz) and 13NM (2.5-5.8GHz) up to 40,000FT AMSL.  During the trials UAS command and control systems may suffer intermittent or total failure or give incorrect […]

General Aviation Strategy 2018 – 2023

We have published CAP1754 – General Aviation Strategy 2018-23 on our website. The updated 5-year General Aviation strategy compliments and supports both government and wider CAA strategy and is aimed at supporting and championing General Aviation in the UK. Please click here to access the report. SW2019/14

Alert for Airspace Department Location Change

The UK Civil Aviation Authority Airspace Regulation Department has moved from CAA House in London to Aviation House near Gatwick Airport. If you require to contact the Airspace Regulation Utilisation Department they have moved to a new phone number of 01293 768202. Their email remains AROps@caa.co.uk. SW2019/06

ALERT FOR RESTRICTED AIRSPACE (TEMPORARY)

Restriction of Flying Regulations at Edinburgh on 30 December 2018 to 1 January 2019. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M100/2018 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/263  

Airspace Modernisation Strategy

We have today launched our new Airspace Modernisation Strategy that initiates the major overhaul of a key piece of national infrastructure. The Airspace Modernisation Strategy sets out a new shared objective between the Civil Aviation Authority and the Government for modernising airspace which is to deliver quicker, quieter and cleaner journeys. Find more information on […]

Consultation on CAA statutory charges 2019/20

We are currently consulting on our statutory charge proposals for 2019/20. For more information, and to submit comments, see www.consultations.caa.co.uk All comments must be received before the consultation closes on 7 February 2019.

21 November DJI battery update

After reviewing evidence from DJI, we are in a place to remove some of the current restrictions if an operator can successfully apply the DJI workaround (and verify this). We do ask that all operators still proceed with caution and immediately return to home or hover if the device doesn’t behave as expected. We continue […]

Drone registration consultation

To enable us to build a drone registration service that meets drone user requirements we are running a consultation on how people currently use drones. To help us with this please fill out our survey at https://sparck.typeform.com/to/mlsBqT We’re also running workshops in London over the next few weeks where we will be looking to gain […]

Update: DJI Battery TB50 and TB55 In-Flight Power Failures

19 November update – Following the publication of the workaround from DJI to address the issue with TB50 and TB55 batteries, we are working with DJI on non-technical issues to make sure people can fly safely following the change. We will update operators on the status as soon as possible. The current Safety Notice remains […]

Small Unmanned Aircraft – DJI Battery TB50 and TB55 In-Flight Power Failures

Following the publication of the workaround from DJI to address the issue with TB50 and TB55 batteries, we have started our own internal review process at the CAA. We are encouraged by the content from DJI and plan on updating operators early next week on how we will proceed regarding the Safety Notice SN-2018-010.  Read “Update: […]

Update: DJI Battery TB50 and TB55 In-Flight Power Failures

This alert updates the CAA Safety Notice (SN-2018/010) regarding Small Unmanned Aircraft – DJI Battery TB50 and TB55 in-flight power failures to incorporate DJI mitigations. Read “Update: DJI Battery TB50 and TB55 In-Flight Power Failures” in full. SW2018/233

The Air Navigation Order 2016 and Regulations

The fifth edition, amendment 28 September 2018 of CAP 393 The Air Navigation Order 2016 and Regulations has been published. Amendments to the Air Navigation Order are shown as explained in para 1.4 of the foreword.

Expired: Restricted airspace (temporary) – Central London, 11 November 2018

Restriction of Flying Regulations for national ceremony to mark Remembrance Sunday at The Cenotaph, Central London on 11 November 2018. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M095/2018 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/210

Restricted airspace (temporary) – Hampshire, 6-10 October 2018

Restriction of Flying Regulations at Stokes Bay, Hampshire due to intended mooring of US Aircraft Carrier on the grounds of safety and security between 6 and 10 October 2018. Details by NOTAM. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/207

Advice to the aviation industry on a no deal EU exit

We have developed a microsite at info.caa.co.uk/euexit to be a central source of information for the aviation and aerospace industries about the actions they would need to take to be prepared for a no deal withdrawal from the EU and no continued mutual recognition.

Expired: Restricted airspace (temporary) – Duxford, 22-23 September 2018

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Duxford Battle of Britain air show, Cambridgeshire, on 22 and 23 September 2018. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M090/2018. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. Additional restrictions for a Jet Formation Display Team will be promulgated separately. SW2018/198

Restricted airspace (temporary) – Whitby, North Yorkshire, 12 August 2018

Restriction of Flying Regulations for the Red Arrows display at Whitby, North Yorkshire, on 12 August 2018. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M071/2018. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. Additional restrictions of different dimensions will apply for displays by the Red Arrows on certain days. SW2018/171

Expired: Restricted airspace (temporary) – Kent, 18-19 August 2018

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Biggin Hill Air Show, Kent, on 18 and 19 August 2018. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M070/2018. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. Additional restrictions of different dimensions will apply for displays by the Red Arrows on certain days. SW2018/168

Expired: Restricted airspace (temporary) – Eastbourne, 15-19 August 2018

Restriction of Flying Regulations at Eastbourne for Airbourne 2018 Airshow between 15 and 19 August 2018. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M062/2018. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. Additional restrictions of different dimensions will apply for displays by the Red Arrows on certain days. SW2018/167

Small Unmanned Aircraft – Reissued First Person View General Exemption

Operators of small unmanned aircraft (drones) using ‘first person view’ (FPV) equipment should note that the General Exemption which permits this activity has been amended in order to accommodate the changes to the Air Navigation Order 2016 which come into force on Monday 30 July 2018. Details of the new General Exemption, which also takes […]