Posts Tagged: RPAS

DSA – Watchkeeper Reports

Defence Safety Authority (DSA) – Service Inquiry reports into the Loss of Watchkeeper Unmanned Air Vehicles over Cardigan Bay. As Commercial operators of Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) we are always interested in learning from experience. That is both our experience and other operators experience. We are by no means operating Watchkeeper scaled systems, but… Read more »

UK Airprox Drone & Airports

With the recent increased media interest in drones causing nuisance around airports, I was interested to see what the current UK Airprox Board data indicated in terms of : Incident frequency, the current trend, the UK airports most affected. The following chart is extracted from the UK Airprox Board information. The UK Airprox Board chart… Read more »

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. (See… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »


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… Read more »

UK CAA Info – PFCO Application Notes

Once again we are completing our annual review and update of our Operating Safety Case (OSC) to support our application for renewal of our Permission For Commercial Operation (PFCO) to the UK CAA. This post is prompted by some useful information that is contained within the standard UK CAA auto response email; that we thought… Read more »

Update – Our Core Drone Support

Thinking About Using Drones In Your Business? With more than 30 years in professional aviation and over 10 years in commercial drone operations, we provide experienced and qualified independent advice and assistance to businesses looking to either use drones as a tool in their business, or looking to find out more about integrating drones into… Read more »

NATS Visualisation Of Drone Flight At Airport Jul 2017

A useful reminder from NATS about the impact of illegal drone flying near to airports. This is a visualisation of the impact to air-traffic of a drone incident from Jul 2017 at Gatwick airport. Gatwick drone incident – 2 July from NATS on Vimeo. Interesting visualisation, with a serious message about the impact of irresponsible… Read more »

Making Changes To Your System May Change Your OSC

We are suggesting some basic considerations for those operators that are making changes to / modifying their PFCO specified drone aircraft systems. No matter why you are changing the aircraft system or payload – you should always reconsider the validity of your Operating Safety Case or Operations Manual and your associated Permission For Commercial Operations… Read more »