UK CAA – SN-2018/010 – DJI Battery TB50 and TB55

Notice To DJI Drone Operators

SN-2018/010: Small Unmanned Aircraft – DJI Battery TB50 and TB55 In-Flight Power Failures

For ease the original Safety Notice is extracted below but should be confirmed on the latest document available on the UK CAA website

1 Introduction

1.1 This Safety Notice provides updated information regarding the points detailed in Safety Notice
SN–2018/009, which is now cancelled.
1.2 This Safety Notice applies to operators of multi-rotor small unmanned aircraft utilising
DJI battery model TB50 or TB55, including all DJI Matrice 200 series (which includes the 200,
210 and 210 RTK platforms) and the DJI Inspire 2 (the Affected SUA).
1.3 A small number of incidents have been recently reported where the aircraft has suffered a
complete loss of power during flight, despite indications that there was sufficient battery charge
still remaining. In each case, this resulted in the aircraft falling directly to the ground due to the
immediate loss of lift with the remote pilot unable to control its subsequent flight path. The small
unmanned aircraft were damaged upon impact, but the CAA has not received any reports of
injuries to people or other property.
1.4 Investigation by the manufacturer has stated that this issue is related to the battery firmware in
the TB50/55 series of batteries. Although the issue is still under review, the CAA has received
a technical update from the manufacturer which has enabled a review of the previously imposed
restrictions.
1.5 The purpose of thisSafety Notice is to highlight the requirement for the SUA operator and/or
remote pilot to be reasonably satisfied that the flight can be safely made (Air Navigation Order
2016 (ANO) article 94(2)), restrict overflight of persons at any height, to temporarily limit the
scope of certain operational authorisations issued to operators of the Affected SUA, and to
provide updated information regarding battery management requirements while the Affected
SUA are airborne.

2 Compliance/Action to be Taken

2.1 This Safety Notice requires the following actions to be taken:

a) Provisional Suspension of Operations
i) In accordance with Air Navigation Order article 257 operators of Affected SUA are
hereby directed not to permit any flight that involves overflight of any persons, whether
or not they are under the control of the operator or remote-pilot, at any height until further
notice.
ii) In accordance with Air Navigation Order article 253, any element of any permission
or exemption based on an Operating Safety Case, issued by the CAA to an SUA
operator which permits the operation of an Affected SUA to be operated:
• within 50 metres of any person;
• within 50 metres of any, vessel, vehicle or structure which is not under the control
of the SUA Operator or remote pilot of the SUA;
• over or within 150 metres of an open – air assembly of more than 1,000 persons;
or
is provisionally suspended until further notice. This does not affect the ordinary operation
of Article 95 of the Air Navigation Order.
Note: The previous suspension of permissions and/or exemptions involving operations
over or within 150 metres of a congested area (e.g. as stated within a Standard
Permission), or when employing Extended Visual Line of Sight techniques, are now
lifted.
iii) These limitations will be subject to regular review. As soon as further updates have
been obtained from the manufacturer, and the CAA is satisfied that this has been
addressed in a satisfactory manner, the CAA will then issue a further update via the
SkyWise alerts portal on the CAA website.

b) Battery Management Guidance/aircraft operating limitations
i) SUA Operator and remote pilots must refer to the guidance and instructions
provided by the manufacturer on its website: https://www.dji.com/newsroom.
ii) If, at any time while the aircraft is in flight, the indicated voltage is displayed as 3.7
V or lower, the aircraft must be landed immediately, as recommended by the
manufacturer. Remote pilots should therefore plan their flights so that they can land
with a minimum of 3.7 V indicated (approximately 30% of full charge).
iii) Remote pilots must not rely on the state of charge only.

c) Emergency Services Operations
i) Due to the unique nature of emergency services operations, the privileges contained
within General Exemption E 4506 (ORS4 No. 1233) may continue to be exercised whilst
using the Affected SUA, provided that the potential risks highlighted in this Safety Notice
have been considered within the decision to proceed and the overflight of uninvolved
persons is minimised.

d) Occurrence Reporting.
Operators or remote pilots experiencing further occurrences, or related issues, should
report these directly to both the manufacturer and the CAA. Guidance on how to provide
reports to the CAA can be found at https://www.caa.co.uk/Blog-Posts/Mandatoryoccurrence-
reporting/.

3 Queries

3.1 Any queries as a result of this communication should be addressed to the following e-mail
address: uavenquiries@caa.co.uk, with the subject line ‘Safety Notice – DJI Battery TB50 and
TB55 In-Flight Power Failures’.
3.2 Technical advice should be sought directly from the manufacturer.

4 Cancellation

4.1 This Safety Notice will remain in force until further notice.

 

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UK CAA – SN-2018/009 – DJI Battery TB50 and TB55

Notice To DJI Drone Operators

SN-2018/009: Small Unmanned Aircraft – DJI Battery TB50 and TB55 In-Flight Power Failures

For ease the original Safety Notice is extracted below but should be confirmed on the latest document available on the UK CAA website

1 Introduction

1.1 This Safety Notice supersedes and revokes Safety Notice SN–2018/008.
1.2 This Safety Notice applies to operators of multi-rotor small unmanned aircraft utilising
DJI battery model TB50 or TB55, including all DJI Matrice 200 series (which includes the 200,
210 and 210 RTK platforms) and the DJI Inspire 2 (the “Affected SUA”).
1.3 A small number of incidents have been recently reported where the aircraft has suffered a
complete loss of power during flight, despite indications that there was sufficient battery time
still remaining. In each case, this resulted in the aircraft falling directly to the ground due to the
immediate loss of lift with the remote pilot unable to control its subsequent flight path. The small
unmanned aircraft were damaged upon impact, but the CAA has not received any reports of
injuries to people or other property.
1.4 Investigation by the manufacturer has confirmed that this issue is not confined to any specific
firmware version and is thought to be related to the batteries TB50 and TB55. The full details of
the occurrences are still being investigated.
1.5 The purpose of this Safety Notice is to highlight the requirement for the SUA operator and/or
remote pilot to be reasonably satisfied that the flight can be safely made (Air Navigation Order
2016 (ANO) article 94(2)), restrict overflight of persons at any height and to temporarily limit the
scope of any operational authorisations issued to operators of the Affected SUA.

2 Compliance/Action to be Taken

2.1 This Safety Notice requires the following actions to be taken:

a) Provisional Suspension of Operations
i) In accordance with Air Navigation Order article 257 and 257(2)(c) operators of Affected
SUA are hereby directed not to permit any flight that involves overflight of any persons
at any height until further notice.
ii) In accordance with Air Navigation Order article 253, any element of any permission
or exemption, including Standard Permissions and Operating Safety Cases, issued by
the CAA to an SUA operator which permits the operation of an Affected SUA to be
operated:
• over or within 150 metres of any congested area;
• within 50 metres of any persons;
• within 50 metres of any, vessel, vehicle or structure which is not under the control
of the SUA Operator or remote pilot of the SUA;
• over or within 150 metres of an open air assembly of more than 1,000 persons;
or
• using EVLOS
is provisionally suspended until further notice.
iii) These limitations will be subject to regular review. As soon as further updates have
been obtained from the manufacturer, and the CAA is satisfied that this has been
addressed in a satisfactory manner, the CAA will then issue a further update via the
SkyWise alerts portal on the CAA website.

b) Emergency Services Operations
i) Due to the unique nature of emergency services operations, the privileges contained
within General Exemption E 4506 (ORS4 No. 1233) may continue to be exercised whilst
using the Affected SUA, provided that the potential risks highlighted in this Safety Notice
have been considered within the decision to proceed and the overflight of uninvolved
persons is minimised.

3 Queries

3.1 Any queries or requests for further guidance as a result of this communication should be
addressed to the following e-mail address: uavenquiries@caa.co.uk, with the subject line
‘Safety Notice – DJI Battery TB50 and TB55 In-Flight Power Failures’.

4 Cancellation

4.1 This Safety Notice will remain in force until further notice

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UK CAA – SN-2018/008 – DJI Matrice 200 Series

Notice To DJI Drone Operators

SN-2018/008: Small Unmanned Aircraft – DJI Matrice 200 Series In-Flight Power Failures

For ease the original Safety Notice is extracted below but should be confirmed on the latest document available on the UK CAA website

1 Introduction

1.1 This Safety Notice applies to operators of the DJI Matrice 200 series multi-rotor small unmanned
aircraft.
1.2 A small number of incidents have been recently reported where the aircraft has suffered a
complete loss of power during flight, despite indications that there was sufficient battery time
still remaining. In each case, this resulted in the aircraft falling directly to the ground due to the
immediate loss of lift with the remote pilot unable to control its subsequent flight path. The small
unmanned aircraft (SUA) were damaged upon impact, but the CAA has not received any reports
of injuries to people or property.
1.3 The full details of the occurrences are still being investigated by the manufacturer.
1.4 The purpose of this Safety Notice is to highlight the requirement for the SUA operator and/or
remote pilot to be reasonably satisfied that the flight can be safely made (Air Navigation Order
2016 (ANO) article 94(2)) and to temporarily limit the scope of any operational authorisations,
issued to operators of the DJI Matrice 200 series where ‘reduced distances’, and ’extended
visual line of sight’ (EVLOS) have been permitted.

2 Compliance/Action to be Taken

2.1 This Safety Notice requires the following actions to be taken:

a) Battery firmware updates
i) Updating the SUA to the latest manufacturer’s firmware should be completed using
the “DJI Assistant 2” software. The software will identify the firmware version of every
component and prompt the “update message” if any component is not with the latest
version. This can also be identified if there is a “-“ (dash symbol) next to the aircraft
firmware version number.
ii) The TB50 and TB55 batteries need to be updated using DJI Assistant 2 and can only
be updated in pairs. This means that if the user has 10 batteries, he/she will need to
perform the update five times, plugging the batteries into the aircraft, and running DJI
Assistant 2 every time.
iii) After any software or firmware updates, the aircraft must be flight tested in sterile
conditions away from uninvolved third parties, to ensure it is working correctly. It is
recommended that each pair of batteries is flight tested. This must be recorded in the
operator’s maintenance log book as applicable.

b) Provisional Suspension of Operations
i) In accordance with Air Navigation Order article 257 and 257(2)(c), operators of a DJI
Matrice 200 are hereby directed not to fly or permit any flight that involves overflight of
any persons at any height until further notice.
ii) In accordance with Air Navigation Order article 253, any element of a permission
based on an Operational Safety Case (OSC), issued by the CAA to an SUA operator
which permits the operation of a DJI Matrice 200 series SUA to be operated:
• within 50 metres of any persons;
• within 50 metres of any, vessel, vehicle or structure which is not under the control
of the SUA Operator or remote pilot of the SUA;
• over or within 150 metres of an open air assembly of more than 1,000 persons;
or
• using EVLOS
is provisionally suspended until further notice.
iii) These limitations will be subject to regular review. As soon as further updates are
obtained from the manufacturer, and the CAA is satisfied that the current issues have
been satisfactorily addressed, the CAA will issue a further update via the SkyWise alerts
portal on the CAA website.

c) Emergency Services Operations
i) Due to the unique nature of emergency services operations, the privileges contained
within General Exemption E 4506 (ORS4 No. 1233) may continue to be exercised whilst
using the Matrice 200 series, provided that the potential risks highlighted in this Safety
Notice have been considered within the decision to proceed and the overflight of
uninvolved persons is minimised.

3 Queries

3.1 Any queries or requests for further guidance as a result of this communication should be
addressed to the following e-mail address: uavenquiries@caa.co.uk, with the subject line
‘Safety Notice – DJI Matrice 200 Series In-Flight Power Failures’.
3.2 Anyone experiencing technical issues with the firmware update process should contact their
DJI dealer immediately or DJI directly.

4 Cancellation

4.1 This Safety Notice will remain in force until further notice

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UK CAA Commercial Drone Operators List

Are you engaging the services of a UK commercial drone operator?

Dont forget to check for the basics –

1 – Ask to see a copy of their Permission For Commercial Operation (PFCO). Each of us has a unique ID on our certificate – confirm it is still valid, as these are renewed annually.

2 – Ask to see drone operators drone insurance.

If in doubt visit the UK CAA website and search for the operators name on the the UK CAA’s list published on CAP1361. This list is published in a pdf format document which provides all of the operators names that currently hold permissions. It is in operator name order, or you can use a search. Note – Each operator has a unique CAA Identifier e.g. ours is #38

The list is kept up to date by the CAA and can be found here

 

 

The published list of UK CAA commercial drone permission owners (CAP1361) is seeing frequent updates and is slowly updating to show the one AUM category of up to 20 kgs.

The latest version of the list is Version V60 and was published on 31 Aug 2018. It currently lists 4626 operators on it and the latest published PFCO to be issued is number 7442.

We have been around commercial drone operations since 2008/9 and since the time that they have been published, we have been maintaining a watchful eye on the ebb and flow of operators on to the CAA’s list.

At AJSSL we are always happy to provide independent advice and guidance to drone service users and operators to support and promote safe and legal drone operation. We have a webchat facility that you are welcome to use for general queries.

#drone #drones #commercial #droneservice #RPAS #UAS #UAV #SUA #PFCO

UK CAA Update – ORS4 No.1277

 

 

 

 

If you are a current RPAS operator that is operating under a UK CAA PfCO you may wish to read this current amendment that allows flight at night and in a congested area with specific caveats.

For information, a general permission has now been published regarding night flying and operations in congested areas.

This general permission removes differences in permissions where:

– Anyone holding a standard permission can operate at night – there is no differentiation between day and night because the key requirements is to maintain VLOS (ie. you must be able to see the aircraft)

– Anyone holding a standard permission can operate within a congested area – there is no longer a differentiation between aircraft that are 7kg or less and those that are over 7kg

Reference: ORS4 No.1277

Title: Small Unmanned Aircraft – Night Operations and Operations within Congested Areas by SUA Operators Holding Permissions issued Prior to 30 July 2018

Description: General Permission which amends current small UAS ‘standard’ operating permissions to enable operations at night and operations within congested areas for small UAS with a mass greater than 7kg. Aligns previously issued permissions with revised policy.

Date:17 August 2018

See CAA Website here

And the referenced document here.

UK CAA – ANO Update

CAP1687: Air Navigation (Amendment) Order 2018 – Guidance for small unmanned aircraft users

Extract: “This document has been written with the aim of providing readers, particularly those who are less familiar with the layout and structure of ANO amendments, with an outline of the revised regulations as they now appear in law; to provide guidance on the effects of the changes; and how they will be interpreted by the CAA.”

Summary:

Although the SI document consists of eight pages of text, the areas covered by the amendment are
relatively few and can be summarised as:

Effective from 30 July 2018
– A 400 ft operating height limitation for all small unmanned aircraft
– A new limitation on the closest distance that small unmanned aircraft weighing 7 kg or less may be flown near specific types of aerodrome
– Changes to terminology with the introduction of the terms ‘remote pilot’ and ‘SUA operator’ in place of the previously-used term ‘person in charge’
– Minor corrections to the ANO 2016 to provide clarification or to correct previous errors

Effective from 30 November 2019
– A requirement for the registration of SUA operators
– A requirement for the competency of remote pilots to be tested

For full details see the CAA Website – Here  CAP1687 dated 13 July 2018

Our Support:

If you have any queries please ask. Remember to read the authoritative document linked above to understand the information in context.

We love to talk drones – so you can contact us here or use our web-chat facility here IT’S FREE !!

Royal Bath & West Show 2018

We were asked to support the Royal Bath & West Show’s ‘Safety Zone’ this year – providing a spotlight on drone safety.

It proved to be very timely, as while we were there, the Department for Transport announced the new rules coming into law for recreational drone use (see our recent Facebook post here).

We took a number of drones with us to show the public that there are a range of sizes and weights out there, not just the standard quadcopter-type that most people tend to think of.

We took our drone flight simulators for budding pilots to have a go at flying drones safely, and without the stability of GPS hold (demonstrating that its worthwhile learning to fly your drone without systems on it in case of GPS loss).  We set each person a tough challenge of flying over a cone and safely landing on the pad again to win a packet of sweets – not many were given out!

The flight simulator proved quite popular with they guys from Western Power (who had the stand next to us in the Safety Zone) before we opened each morning, as well as with the public!  Even Helen learnt to fly during our time at the show 😮

We showed a number of drone flight safety videos and we took questions from members of the public about where they could safely fly, and what to do if drones were flying too close to their properties.

We had a good number of visitors each day and answered lots of questions.  We were asking everyone who spoke to us if they were drone flyers and knew the rules and we were giving out copies of the CAA’s Drone Code.  Of concern to us, was the number of drone pilots who were either unaware of any rules for flying, or who disregarded them 🙁

There were also a reasonable number of comments from concerned residents who had neighbours flying drones too close to their properties; we also had a few conversations about whether they could shoot the drones down.

We really enjoyed our time at the Royal Bath & West Show and we’d like to thank everyone who took the time to come and visit us in The Safety Zone.

Our thanks to the Royal Bath & West Show Safety Committee and the sponsors of The Safety Zone; Crestmoor Group of Companies, for inviting us to be part of the 2018 show.

Following our time at the show, we’re promoting our ‘Hobby Fly Safe’ sessions; a chance to learn the basics of flying your drone safely from professional drone pilots.  The aim of the session is to promote the understanding of the rules and considerations for hobby flying of drones in a fun atmosphere for both those that have a drone, and those wishing to find out more about them.

Visit our website here to see when the session is running and available. Only £35 inc VAT per person, often with sessions on a Saturday. Booking in advance is essential!

 

RBW2018 – Safety Zone – Packing

Time to move the kit to the show ground.

We had setup rehearsals and practice pack last week. This week we will be at the Royal Bath and West Show #RBW18.

Today we packed two vehicles and put our high tech “Out Of Office” message on the office door.

Come and visit us at the Safety Zone. Talk about drone safety, take part in a competition and have a go on a hobby flight simulator or learn on a commercial drone simulator. Plus pick up a few freebies.

#Drones #RBW2018 #dronesafety

Royal Bath & West – Safety Zone

The Royal Bath & West Show 2018

The build starts for the Royal Bath & West Show 2018

We are privileged to be supporting the Royal Bath & West Show 2018, providing a drone safety focused stand within the shows Safety Zone.

We are passionate about supporting recreational and commercial drone fliers to fly Safely, Legally and considerately; so come and say hi to Al, Helen and Steve on the stand throughout the week.

We are taking key elements of our drone experience session to the show. This will include a range of drones with a hobby simulator and a commercial drone simulator for people to try.

There is an opportunity for visitors to enter the daily Safety Zone quiz with an opportunity to win £50 of Amazon vouchers.

We hope to see you there.

#Drones #RBW2018 #dronesafety

UK CAA – PFCO PROCESS UPDATE

UPDATED INFORMATION ON UK CAA WEBSITE : PFCO PROCESS

Commercial drone operators – please be aware of changes to the information regarding the process to obtain a Permission For Commercial Operation (PFCO). There is also information for commercial drone operators to ensure that their application is CAA compliant.

The headlines:

– New Standard PFCO online process.
– Changes to the process for standard permission with non standard / exemption privileges.
– Introduction of rejection and on hold rules for Standard Permission applications.

The outline/extracts of the CAA webpage information:

From 18 April 2018 we are introducing a new application process for obtaining a standard permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO) for SUA / SUSA. Applicants will be required to provide all documents and payment online (credit /debit card only ) before submitting their application.

The previous application form SRG1320 will be accepted for non-standard /exemption applications only, for example:

– extended visual line of sight (EVLOS),
– beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS),
– reduced distances

Current PfCOs which incorporate standard permission and non standard / exemption privileges in one document will therefore be required to be applied for separately and will not be renewed as a combined permission / exemption.

How to ensure that your application has all the information we need

From 18 April 2018 the new application process will introduce rejection rules for incorrect application submissions. Should an application be rejected the applicant will be notified and will be required to make a fresh application submission.

This section provides guidance for submissions and rejection under 3 headings:

– Insurance
– Ops manual
– NQE or equivalent

The information then explains the application processes under the following headings:

How to apply

Applications for a standard permission (PfCO)
Applications for a non standard / exemption

If you are a UK drone operator / pilot then we would recommend reading the full text at – UK CAA PFCO Approvals

Our Support Is Also Available:

The information is available on the CAA website, their policy documents and their enquiry service; but if you need additional assistance then please ask us!

We love to talk drones – so you can contact us here or use our web-chat facility here IT’S FREE !!

 

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