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CAP2367: Session Response: Extending the provisions for Legacy and Transitional Class UAS – sUAS Information

In June 2022 the CAA consulted on whether or not to increase the Legacy and Transitional UAS provisions within the Open class. Additional particulars in regards to the session may be discovered right here.

The CAA believed an extension would possible be mandatory as a result of UK not having in place the mandatory infrastructure to maneuver away from non-class marked UAS, to class marked UAS by 01 Jan 2023. Specifically,

  • The institution of the market surveillance authority,
  • Institution of conformity evaluation our bodies,
  • Creation and adoption of related requirements.
    The aim of the session was to gauge stakeholder assist for, or towards, an
    extension to the Legacy and Transitional UAS provisions described above, and for the way
    lengthy, and to higher perceive the affect of constructing this alteration, or not.

Chapter 2

Govt Abstract
The session is now closed. In complete the CAA acquired 4506 responses throughout the 5 questions posed.

The RPAS Coverage Staff who instigated the session want to clarify each response was individually reviewed by the CAA.

The next is a statistical breakdown of responses from questions 1 by means of to 4.

The CAA requested:

“Would you be in favour of extending the provisions for Legacy class UAS within the

Open Class”.

You stated:
Possibility Whole P.c
Sure 4415 97.98
No 71 1.58
I don’t know 20 0.44
Not answered 0 0

The CAA requested:

“Over what extra interval ought to the extension for the Legacy class be
You stated:
Possibility Whole P.c
12 months 105 2.33
24 months 1120 24.86
Longer than 24 months 3187 70.73
Not answered 94 2.09

The CAA requested:

“Would you be in favour of extending the provisions for Transitional class UAS within the Open Class?”

You stated:

Possibility Whole P.c

Sure 4357 96.69
No 73 1.62
I don’t know 76 1.69
Not answered 0 0

The CAA requested:
“Over what extra interval ought to the extension for the Transitional class be legitimate?”
You stated:
Possibility Whole P.c
12 months 97 2.15
24 months 732 16.25
Longer than 24 months 3522 78.16
Not answered 155 3.44

The CAA requested an extra query that supplied our regulated a neighborhood a possibility to debate their decisions in higher element.

“Do you could have any extra feedback in relation to the proposed extension together with any affect of both extending, or not extending these provisions might have for you?”

In complete, the CAA acquired 2411 responses to this extra query. Every of the 2411 response feedback was learn and grouped accordingly. What emerged have been some widespread themes outlined under.

Environmental Impression

A big proportion of respondents have been involved in regards to the environmental affect of getting probably 1000’s of UAS, a lot of which nonetheless practical, turning into e-waste on the finish of the transitional and legacy durations. You stated on the level Class Marked UAS can be found then the trade would see a pure retirement of legacy and transitional UAS.

Financial Impression

The vast majority of responses centered on the financial affect of getting to improve to Class Marked UAS after investing considerably in Legacy, and Transitional UAS. The CAA have been informed the present regulation, if allowed to proceed, would push not solely leisure, but in addition business operators out of the market.

Funding Uncertainty

A lot of you informed us your online business have held off buying a lot wanted UAS with elevated functionality out of concern for his or her future within the Open Class. The uncertainly at the moment surrounding Class Marked UAS which is creating uncertainty inside your online business operations.


A big share of respondents made the argument towards Class Marked UAS within the Open Class. Citing the low quantity of incidents that at the moment happen between those that abide by the present regulatory regime.

Clarification of the CAA’s position

A typical theme within the responses is the idea it’s within the CAA’s energy to make this resolution alone. Modifications to coverage and regulation are made by the Division for Transport and the Authorities. When the CAA identifies an space of coverage or regulation to replace, create, or amend, we submit an opinion to the Division for Transport who will take into account it. As mentioned in Chapter 3, the CAA has submitted our opinion on this matter to the DfT for consideration.

CAP 2367 Chapter 3: Subsequent steps

There’s a clear and vital majority who favour an extension to each provisions past twenty-four months.

This has been a helpful train for the CAA to study why the regulated neighborhood was in favour of this. It has formed our personal opinion considerably and moulded our response to the Division for Transport.

To that finish, the CAA have advisable to the DfT that:

All provisions ought to be prolonged indefinitely and the category marking scheme ought to be reevaluated. This can kind half of a bigger investigation into the present UAS Open Class regulatory framework and what’s best suited for the UK. That is to make sure any resolution suitably addresses the wants of the neighborhood in addition to addresses security and safety dangers in a proportional method.

However a re-evaluation of the category marking scheme an extension ought to be indefinite not less than till the patron should purchase Class Marked UAS on the open market. At that time, consideration might be given to the re-introduction of a transitional interval. This is able to be sure that the regulated
neighborhood has an acceptable period of time to naturally section out older UAS while on the similar time having the choice to buy Class Marked UAS. This strategy would considerably mitigate nearly all areas of concern raised within the responses to the session.

Particulars of the advice to authorities, together with the coverage goal, rationale and draft regulatory textual content, might be printed on the CAA Security coverage and laws mission tracker web site in the end.

Origional report right here



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