At the end of 2020, the CAA introduce a number of changes related to how and where and what type of drones can operated within the UK and by whom (to match similar legislation introducted across the EU).
Prior to 31st December 2020, commercial drone operators required an active PfCO (Permission for Commercial Operations), this was stopped and is no longer valid, it was replaced with an ‘Operational Authorisation‘. Drone operators with an Operational Authorisation retain the same permissions as the now defunct PfCO and still need to maintain an Operations Manual and renew this annually with the CAA.
Moving forward, the CAA has introduced remote pilot competency qualifications, these are the General Visual Line Of Sight Certificate (GVC) and A2 Certificate of Competency (A2CoC) which provide drone operators different types of flying permission based on the type and weight of a drone, where and over what they’re flying it, and so on. It’s complicated and so we won’t go into details here, but keep an eye on our blog where we’ll be covering this in a lot more detail soon.
We are currently certified and insured to operate drones up to 25kg with the following CAA qualifications: Operational Authorisation, General Visual Line Of Sight Certificate (GVC) and the A2 Certificate of Competency (A2CoC). We have also completed training and are certified for Night Flights and are a Drone Safe Register OSC (Operational Safety Case) drone operator which enables us to plan and operate with enhanced distances within our Operational Authorisation: 10m take-off/landing distance from uninvolved persons, extended line of sight flights to 1000m and 75m flights away from large public gatherings.
Drone insurance – regardless of the certificate or permissions a drone operator currently holds, they must hold valid insurance (which is fully compliant with EC 785/2004) if they to operate commercially. We use CoverDrone for our drone insurance cover and carry £5 million Public Liability Insurance by default, this can increase this if required, just ask. All of our insurance and flight permission documentation will be supplied to you within our RAMS document (Risk Assessment and Method Statement) during the project planning and preparation stages.