Has anyone with a PfCO updated their operations manual to reflect the updates to the latest ANO updates including the lifting the 7kg UAV limitations to 20kg? If so, what did you add to your manual and what did you remove?
I’m a bit disappointed with 3iC (Who I did my on-line PfCO course with)… just over 6 month from taking their course and there is no longer any support from them. For an updating manual service, they are trying to charge £150.00 each update which includes checking my manual. Given that their course was very out of date when I took it and that I notified them of errors in the course that they did not notice, you’d think that they would be a bit more accommodating! If legislation changes regularly, this could become quite costly.
Below is a copy of the email that I received from the CAA
Requirements for UAS applications post ANO change
As you have hopefully seen the Government has announced changes to the Air Navigation (Amendment) Order 2019, which comes into force on 13/03/2019. Primarily this extends the airfield restrictions. Please refer to CAP1763 which provides full guidance for small aircraft users.
Please be aware that UAS applications received after 12/03/19 may be placed on hold or rejected if they do not reflect the latest amendment to the Air Navigation Order (ANO). So, before you make an application please ensure that your Operations Manual has been updated and meets the requirements set out in the
- ANO changes for small UAS (20kg or less)
- Revised limitations on the distance that SUAs of any mass may be flown from protected aerodromes
- Changes to the dimensions of the ‘Flight Restriction Zones’ around protected aerodromes
- Operations Manual changes
- Article 94 removal of paragraphs (4) and (4A)
- Articles 94A & 94B completely rewritten
Previously planned registration and Remote Pilot competence requirements are unchanged and will become effective on 30 November 2019.
When updating your manual ensure that your amendment log and version number/date have also been updated.
Any NQE recommendations which have been granted by an NQE prior to 13/03/19 are not affected.
Any changes to General Permissions/Exemptions or other CAA documents, such as CAP 393, affected by the ANO amendment will be addressed in due course.