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Updated UK CAA FPV Exemption

Jan 14, 2014
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Bangor, Northern Ireland, UK

Seems to clarify the role of mandatory observer and 1000ft AGL with LOS.

Also I noticed that if you are flying under this FPV Exemption it now does not allow people under your control within 30m of takeoff and landing. It replaces it with a more specific set of persons... "the competent observer, other adjacent model operators, or any model flying club members"

Yet the ANO Article 167 states " (3) Subject to paragraph (4), during take-off or landing, a small unmanned surveillance aircraft must not be flown within 30 metres of any person.

(4) Paragraphs (2)(d) and (3) do not apply to the person in charge of the small unmanned surveillance aircraft or a person under the control of the person in charge of the aircraft"

So, tongue in cheek, you then takeoff under the ANO article 167, then change and fly under the Exemption, then change back to land under 167 again if you want others standing with you under your control. Great work CAA.

In reality I think the whole flight is under the Exemption or its not.
We really need the rules to be simplified. How can any man in the street who wants to buy a Phantom be expected to know or understand any of the rules?
Hopefully, the new European rules that are coming down the line will simplify everything.
Interestingly, this exception increase the maximum permitted attitude to 1000 ft rather than 400 ft (120m). It is not possible to enter a height more than 120m through the Pilot App.
It is limited to 120m IF YOU DO NOT have GPS. Otherwise it is freely configurable up to 500m

1,000 ft altitude FPV flying has been legal now for some time. Simon over at FPV.org has been championing increased limits for ages and the CAA raised the bar (so to speak) around this time last year from memory.

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