Club Notices

05 May 2020

Caa Notification


New European UAS Regulations – Updated Guidance

29 April 2020 – We have published an updated version of our Guidance document: CAP1789 The EU UAS Regulation Package – Outline

This version provides an update based on revised information and policy developments since its original publication in June 2019.


Delay to the applicability date of EU UAS Regulation

Because of the ongoing disruption caused by the COVID19 outbreak, it has been decided that we will postpone the introduction of the new EU UAS Regulations within the UK by a period of at least four months.  As a result the new requirements of Regulation (EU) 2019/947 (known as the Implementing Regulation – IR) before 1 November 2020.

We are aware that the European Commission(EC) is also considering a postponement to the IR’s applicability date but the decision on this, and hence the final length of the delay period, is not likely to be made for a number of weeks yet.  We have taken the decision now so that we can provide a reasonable degree of certainty for you all, rather than continue to work towards the original 1 July applicability date and then change at the last minute.

It is quite possible that the EC may subsequently delay the applicability beyond 1 November, and we will notify you accordingly if this is the case. Rest assured, however, that the date from which any person involved in the operation of UAS within the UK will need to comply with the IR will not be before 1 November 2020. 

Our guidance within CAP1789 (The EU UAS Regulation Package – Outline) is being updated to reflect this applicability date change, along with a number of other developments since its original publication, and will be published very shortly.  The relevant dates within CAP722B will also be changed appropriately, as will the relevant aspects of the CAA Scheme of Charges.

17 Feb 2020

Caa New Exemption dated 17 February 2020


The CAA have issued a new exemption ORS4 1345 (linked below) this exemption:”exempts any member of The British Model Flying Association from the requirements of article 94D (registration as a Small Unmanned Aircraft {SUA} operator) until June 30th 2020.”

The 1st July is the date that the European Aviation (EASA) rules (Brexit not with standing) will come into play and could result in new operator numbers (or if we are lucky, possibly none or our BMFA membership numbers - just guessing here!)

What it does mean is that if you carry this exemption with your transmitter, plus proof of BMFA membership there is no longer any requirement to stick operator numbers all over every one of your planes at least until the end of June when any you do need to stick could possibly be different.

It also means you don’t need to worry about whether the CAA are actually going to get our operator numbers to us by 23rd February.

http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/33/1345.pdf

 

 


07 Nov 2019

The CAA launch DRES


UPDATE - CAA DRONE AND MODEL AIRCRAFT REGISTRATION AND EDUCATION SCHEME (DRES) – CAA LAUNCHES THEIR SYSTEM

The CAA have launched their DRES system today (5th November) to allow operators of unmanned aircraft to pass a competency test and register as operators. https://register-drones.caa.co.uk/ .

They have also launched a scheme to return lost ‘drones’ to their registered owners (see https://www.caa.co.uk/News/Drones-Reunited/).

As has been widely discussed, with effect from the 30th November 2019, the law requires that anyone operating an unmanned aircraft outdoors which weighs more than 250g (except control line models, rockets or balloons) is registered with the CAA and able to provide documented evidence of their competency.

However, as per our previous updates, members should not rush to register themselves on the CAA system as they are exempted from the requirement to register until the point that they renew their BMFA membership for 2020.

Members will be able to fulfil their legal obligations very simply through their membership of the BMFA. If members give their consent (and pay an additional £9 which the BMFA will forward directly to the CAA), the BMFA will register members with the CAA when they join or renew their membership.  This facility will be available from 1st December.

Please note that there is only a requirement to register with one organisation.   If a member, or prospective member, has already registered directly with the CAA or with another association prior to joining or renewing their membership, they should NOT register again through the BMFA or they will be charged twice. 

Members with existing achievements will also be exempted from the requirement to take the CAA’s online test.  Those without an existing achievement will be able to take the BMFA’s own ‘Registration Competency Certificate’ (RCC) as part of the membership renewal process which will be accepted as an alternative to the CAA’s online test.  Further details on the RCC will be available shortly.

Compliance with the CAA registration and competency requirements will not be conditions of BMFA Membership and are an individual’s personal responsibility.  It is accepted that some members may be registered through other organisations and/or hold other CAA recognised forms of competency.  Some members may also be engaged only in activities for which compliance is not a legal requirement. 

The UK Associations are still working with the CAA to resolve detailed arrangements and further information will be published after our next meeting (14th November).  The BMFA also remains in discussion with insurers to resolve any insurance implications and we hope to publish further information once the arrangements for 2020 are finalised.

07 Nov 2019

Links to CAA exemption certificates PDF (copy and paste into your browser)


http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/33/1324.pdf

http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/33/1326.pdf

http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/33/1327.pdf

 

06 Nov 2019

BMFA update on the CAA REGISTER


The CAA have launched their DRES system today (5th November) to allow operators of unmanned aircraft to pass a competency test and register as operators. https://register-drones.caa.co.uk/ .

They have also launched a scheme to return lost ‘drones’ to their registered owners (see https://www.caa.co.uk/News/Drones-Reunited/).

As has been widely discussed, with effect from the 30th November 2019, the law requires that anyone operating an unmanned aircraft outdoors which weighs more than 250g (except control line models, rockets or balloons) is registered with the CAA and able to provide documented evidence of their competency.

However, as per our previous updates, members should not rush to register themselves on the CAA system as they are exempted from the requirement to register until the point that they renew their BMFA membership for 2020.

Members will be able to fulfil their legal obligations very simply through their membership of the BMFA. If members give their consent (and pay an additional £9 which the BMFA will forward directly to the CAA), the BMFA will register members with the CAA when they join or renew their membership.  This facility will be available from 1st December.

Please note that there is only a requirement to register with one organisation.   If a member, or prospective member, has already registered directly with the CAA or with another association prior to joining or renewing their membership, they should NOT register again through the BMFA or they will be charged twice. 

Members with existing achievements will also be exempted from the requirement to take the CAA’s online test.  Those without an existing achievement will be able to take the BMFA’s own ‘Registration Competency Certificate’ (RCC) as part of the membership renewal process which will be accepted as an alternative to the CAA’s online test.  Further details on the RCC will be available shortly.

Compliance with the CAA registration and competency requirements will not be conditions of BMFA Membership and are an individual’s personal responsibility.  It is accepted that some members may be registered through other organisations and/or hold other CAA recognised forms of competency.  Some members may also be engaged only in activities for which compliance is not a legal requirement. 

The UK Associations are still working with the CAA to resolve detailed arrangements and further information will be published after our next meeting (14th November).  The BMFA also remains in discussion with insurers to resolve any insurance implications and we hope to publish further information once the arrangements for 2020 are finalised.


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