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.”


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

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