Wondering if anyone here has renewed an OA recently?
Last year mine sailed through easily, no comment. This year, same OSC, basically the same operation just some minor changes (added some extra drones) plus a legislation update, I had responses from 3 different people and they want different things- and I am at the point where I don’t know which submitted document they are referring to.
What is clear is that if you are a small operator working to UKPDRA01 and you want to renew your OA, your chances of satisfying the pickiness test is minimal unless you pay an RAE first to review it. So you will need to pay £150 or so to an RAE as well as forking out the £250-odd quid to CAA. There’s no way that the guidance in CAP722 is enough any more.
I would prefer it if the CAA just had the initial review done by RAEs every year, and reduced the application fee. At least the OSC would then be reviewed by a person who reads/understands it and with whom you can have a conversation.
The whole point of UKPDRA01 was to have a simple means of getting OA for a small operator. But the way CAA have moved in recent times, that’s no longer so. There’s obviously a magic tick-list and use of a search function and if you have a phrase/term on their tick-list you fail. I don’t believe they are reading beyond this. Certainly no sense of proportionality or risk- it’s all purely tick-box based and having the right phrases, you will fail if you use an incorrect phrase even if the substantive meaning is the same.
The most galling thing is that CAA is being mega-picky- but has yet to update CAP722 to remove the glaring error in UKPDRA01… (see: assemblies of people, distances from…). But if you put in your ops manual what is in CAP722 they will treat that as an error…
I wonder what on earth is going on.