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Revised UK CAA regulations for flying over Congested Areas

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Lozboz, Oct 16, 2014.

  1. Lozboz

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    Does anyone know the status of this revision? It is supposed to come into effect 31 October 2014

    http://www.caa.co.uk/docs/33/Informatio ... 014115.pdf

    Would it be possible for someone to interpret the implications for unlicensed pilots flying Phantoms in the UK ?

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    Re: Revised UK CAA regulations for flying over Congested Are

    From what I read it has no impact. Just follow the rules as before. There is no licence in UK only 'permission'...which is nevertheless an expensive process for recreational pilots. Its mainly for those doing 'aerial work' aka commercial

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    Re: Revised UK CAA regulations for flying over Congested Are

    So far as I can tell, there is no difference or modification to the rules for unlicensed pilots.

    We must still fly more than 150M away from congested areas and always more than 50M away from people and things we are not in control of.

    From what I can tell, they are removing the blanket approval for small licenced UAVs to fly over towns and replacing it with a case by case approval. No doubt for licensed pilots, this will put the cost up and reading between the lines, will prevent multirotors without prop guards and that cannot fly with a failed motor or fall arrest system from operating in congested areas.
     
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    Re: Revised UK CAA regulations for flying over Congested Are

    Whats the definition of a "congested area"?
     
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    Re: Revised UK CAA regulations for flying over Congested Are

    Any town, village or built up area. Anything more than a couple of houses essentially.
     
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    Re: Revised UK CAA regulations for flying over Congested Are

    See this post for a summary of rules for UK airspace. viewtopic.php?p=131954#p131954
     
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    Re: Revised UK CAA regulations for flying over Congested Are

    Thanks for the link and good summary. Did I read correctly that if I fly a Phantom sans camera in central London, that's all well and good. But, if I put the camera back on, it's all verbotten?
     
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    Re: Revised UK CAA regulations for flying over Congested Are

    London has a big red restricted zone at its centre, but yes much to everyones wonder why a camera on it makes it less safe in a cogested area when the CAA say they are only about safety.
     
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    Re: Revised UK CAA regulations for flying over Congested Are

    Yes, I would have thought the camera would only be only be a concern for privacy and not safety. It sounds very similar to FAA "logic" around commercial vs. personal.

    Is there some place where the restricted zones are defined? I'd be curious to see how much of London is restricted. Does restricted pretty much mean it isn't going to happen?
     
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    Re: Revised UK CAA regulations for flying over Congested Are

    Pretty much ALL of London is a restricted zone. The 150M from a congested area rule means you can only fly in parks and car parks well away from streets and businesses.

    Also, please don't see this as commercial and non-commercial. You can be a rated pilot with the benefits that entails and not fly commercially.
     
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    Re: Revised UK CAA regulations for flying over Congested Are

    Link is not working for me... Any others?