Sky News are this morning belatedly trumpeting that a new drone UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) code has just been introduced by the Airprox board. Not so!
In reality, Aviation & Aerospace Security Expert Julian Bray has frequently over the last 12 months reported on UAV danger and there is nothing new about a code being in place, legislation is already available namely 2016 No. 765 CIVIL AVIATION The Air Navigation Order 2016 ) it can be viewed in full on the following link:
The Air Navigation Order 2009 (as amended), Article 1381 states:
1 Article 253 of the ANO details which Articles apply to small unmanned aircraft. Article 255 defines ‘small unmanned aircraft’. The ANO is available to view at http://www.legislation.gov.uk.
‘A person must not recklessly or negligently cause or permit an aircraft to endanger any person or property.’ Article 166, paragraphs 2, 3 and 4 state:
‘(2) The person in charge of a small unmanned aircraft may only fly the aircraft if reasonably satisfied that the flight can safely be made.
(3) The person in charge of a small unmanned aircraft must maintain direct, unaided visual contact with the aircraft sufficient to monitor its flight path in relation to other aircraft, persons, vehicles, vessels and structures for the purpose of avoiding collisions.’
(4) The person in charge of a small unmanned aircraft which has a mass of more than 7kg excluding its fuel but including any articles or equipment installed in or attached to the aircraft at the commencement of its flight must not fly the aircraft
(a) in Class A, C, D or E airspace unless the permission of the appropriate air traffic control unit has been obtained;
(b) within an aerodrome traffic zone …; or
(c) at a height of more than 400 feet above the surface unless it is flying in airspace described in sub-paragraph (a) or (b) and in accordance with the requirements for that airspace.’
A CAA web site provides information and guidance associated with the operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs) and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).
Additionally, the CAA has published a UAV Safety Notice which states the responsibilities for flying unmanned aircraft.
‘You are responsible for avoiding collisions with other people or objects - including aircraft.
Do not fly your unmanned aircraft in any way that could endanger people or property.
It is illegal to fly your unmanned aircraft over a congested area (streets, towns and cities).
finally… stay well clear of airports and airfields’.
Julian Bray reports on this link:
CAA NOTAM on this link: http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/33/InformationNotice2016073.pdf
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