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.