Air Navigation (Amendment) Order 2018

Air Navigation (Amendment) order (ANO) 2018

Today laid before UK Parliament is an amendment to the Air Navigation Order 2016 (ANO) which contains its changes to the legislation regarding the operation of small unmanned aircraft (any unmanned aircraft having a mass not more than 20kg without its fuel but including equipment).

For those of you that want the detail in the ANO this can be found at: here.

The areas covered by the amendment are relatively few and can be summarised as:

ƒƒ Effective from 30 July 2018

  • A 400 ft operating height limitation for all small unmanned aircraft
  • A new limitation on the closest distance that small unmanned aircraft weighing 7 kg
    or less may be flown near specific types of aerodrome
  • Changes to terminology with the introduction of the terms ‘remote pilot’ and ‘SUA
    operator’ in place of the previously-used term ‘person in charge’
  • Minor corrections to the ANO 2016 to provide clarification or to correct previous

Effective from 30 November 2019

  • A requirement for the registration of SUA operators
  • A requirement for the competency of remote pilots to be tested

A useful CAA explanation of the new rules is CAP1687 – ‘Guidance for small unmanned aircraft users’ and can be found here.

Main Articles to consider are:

Article 94 – Small unmanned aircraft: requirements
Article 94A – Small unmanned aircraft: height restrictions on flights (new)
Article 94B –  Small unmanned aircraft: restrictions on flights over or near aerodromes (new)
Article 94C – Small unmanned aircraft: registration of SUA operator (new)
Article 94D – Small unmanned aircraft: requirement for registration as SUA operator (new – not applicable
until 30 November 2019)
Article 94E – Small unmanned aircraft: competency of remote pilots (new)
Article 94F – Small unmanned aircraft: requirement for acknowledgement of competency (new – not applicable until 30 November 2019)
Article 94G – Meaning of ‘remote pilot’ and ‘SUA operator’ (new)
Article 95 – Small unmanned surveillance aircraft