In January 2010 the CAA introduced new regulations that require operators of small unmanned aircraft used for aerial work purposes and those equipped for data acquisition and/or surveillance to obtain permission from the CAA before commencing a flight within a congested area or in proximity to people or property.
Air Navigation Order - cap393
"Fourth Edition 6 April 2010
This edition incorporates the changes to legislation introduced in Air Navigation Order 2009(ANO 2009) regarding the requirement for operators of small unmanned aircraft to obtain aCAA permission when their aircraft are being used for aerial work, and also in some cases forsurveillance or data acquisition purposes (now termed small unmanned surveillance aircraft).Unmanned aircraft having a mass of less than 7 kg are now covered by this new legislation,which is intended to ensure public safety by applying appropriate operational constraints,dependent on the flying operation being conducted and the potential risks to third parties. Inline with this change, some guidance on the additional details to be provided within anapplication for permission to operate small unmanned aircraft have also been included(Appendix 1 to Section 3, Chapter 1)."
Its imperative that if your converting or modifying your aircraft for specifically aerial work that you are aware of the new regulations, more so that you will no-doubt need to secure a "g" reg for your heli from the CAA and we suspect a set of tests will come into play that will enable pilots to secure a licence to operate in the UK. It must be noted that this only applies to the UK and the rest of europe/world work to different rules so contact your local goverment air agency.
As we suspect the majority of flyers in this sector are rotor orientated due to the ease and simplicity of equipment to carry out such works the RCHA feels its imperative that you fully understand that legally you cannot fly for this purpose unless your sanctioned by the CAA to do so, the consequences could be costly.
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