CAA Consultation - Review of UK UAS Regulations

Very few car speedos in the uk are callibrated, but for some reason an officer that records your speed does not have to apply a tolerance. They are however allowed to apply common sense. Fixed speed cameras, as far as I’m aware have a built in tolerance. I know for a fact that my work van at 70mph on the speedo is actually 67mph. I have tracked it with 4 different gps devices. Do I drive at 73mph? No. 3mph extra on a 120.mile journey doesnt make a difference to me.

Yes, I had an email from the CAA … it was from CAA Skywise on Friday
This is a link to the online version of the email:

Thanks Ben - I used your version in my FOI rquest

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I note their response seeks furhter clarification from you.
Did you progress?

If so I’d like to mimic your final updated request that does get validated by them so that they CAN REPLY please.


Me? :thinking:

There has been no response to the FOI yet:

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Just recieved this, anybody going to be there(on line) tomorrow 8PM

Cheers, for the life of me i couldn’t remember where to put it(age creeping up)

What worries me is this bit regarding RID.
“ More specifically, UAS operators would register themselves on DMARES and receive their Operator ID (and a ‘secret key’ used for validation). UAS operators would set up their UAS, inputting their Operator ID and secret key and ensure the required form of Remote ID is enabled based on their location for their UAS to be able to take off.”
If they introduce this bit, it’s another hoop to jump through before flying, and what would happen if you’re in a remote area with no mobile signal nor wifi to communicate with the systems that would effectively prevent you from taking off ?

Quoted from this CAA publication

You’d hope / imagine that you only need to do that once, not every single time you want to take off.


Some basic math as to the proportionality of the proposed measures

Registered drone pilots 192,185.00
Responders 2,629.00
% of Pilots flying weekly 60.5%
Using the above data we can see that 116,271.93 total weekly flights
Flights per year 6,046,140.10
Flights per month(4.3 weeks in month) 499,969.28
Months in reporting period 35
Total flights in reporting period 17,498,924.71
Number of reports 18,290

%complaints vs flights 0.001045

The only assumptions made was to assume correlation between responders and total numbers being the same, and that all complaints were valid which of course in the real world are not


I really cant understand why they are putting this much effort into further restricting something that has shown itself to be incredibly safe.
If they really want to improve safety, make ADS-B mandatory for all manned flight!


Here’s hoping ( but not convinced) I reckon it will be every time you take off as going by the wording, it seems it will be location based.

Ahh, the CAA assume quite a lot. Nothing they do seems to be based on empirical evidence. I remember earlier in the year, they assumed there were thousands upon thousands of drone crashes that went “unreported” ( probably right as I didn’t tell them that time I clipped a rose bush in my garden, hurting nothing but my pride) :joy::joy::joy::joy:

I agree with your reckoning. The way I read it is that the UAV/UAS will attempt to phone home via the data network before taking off - I assume this would be a pre-flight operation - and if it failed to connect would report at a later time when a connection could be achieved. Failure to connect should (IMHO) not stop a flight taking place! I’m also well aware that many flights take place in mobile “not-spots” so they need to take that into account.

Finally, all this extra data transmission will surely take a toll on the device batteries, so it looks like a few more minutes could be shaved off our already limited flight times. :rage:

I reckon so CalderDrone. Only thing this will achieve is to lessen the areas we can fly in by limiting it to areas with mobile data coverage. Sad that the CAA seem to have chosen to implement RID in this ridiculous fashion. I also worry that they say they “can use” RID historical data. Only reason I can see to use such data, is to implement prosecutions/ fines (scenario, they look at it and see you were flying a mini 4 pro and flew 500m away from where the controller was. Therefore claim you were BVLOS on that flight )

follow the money… revenue generation from registration

do you think all of this is going to be done for free

@aide this is fellow member @Windswept :blush:

Thanks for the plug, aide :wink:

I don’t comment here as often as I should, but I do get email alerts and occasionally pop in to let words fall onto the page :slight_smile:


It is indeed :wink:


Hi Rob
I thought it might be beneficial for every one to view
Your video
All the bests to you