Operational Safety with CAA Qualified Drone Pilots
A Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) qualification such as the PfCO or the new A2 CofC and GVC qualifications are mandatory for anyone operating a commercial aerial photography drone business in the UK, along with adequate public liability insurance.
Aeronauts pilots are very experienced and have passed the CAA-approved exams, ﬂight assessments and obtained the necessary documentation and registration form the CAA .
To fly a Small Unmanned Aircraft (‘SUA’) in the UK, either commercially or recreationally, all pilots are required to comply with CAP393: Air Navigation Order unless otherwise approved by the CAA.
The main operational conditions for an SUA are:
- Maintaining a distance of 50m from people and property not in control of the pilot.
- During take off and landing maintain a distance of 30m from people and property not in control of the pilot.
- Permission of the landowner to take off and land.
- Do not fly directly overhead or within a minimum distance of 150m from an open-air assembly of over 1000 people.
- Fly a maximum height of 400ft above ground level.
- Maintain visual line of sight of the SUA to a maximum distance of 500m.
- Fly during daylight hours, so that you can clearly see the SUA and take avoiding action from other air users if required.
- Outside of controlled airspace.
- Restrictions apply to certain areas of Central London and additional permissions to fly in these areas need to be sought from the CAA.
- Restrictions and rules apply to flying near an airport and aerodrome.