News & Blog

12/04/20
Article c/o The Guardian newspaper:
The UK is to withdraw from the European Union aviation safety regulator (EASA) after the Brexit transition period, Grant Shapps has confirmed.
The transport secretary said many of the most senior figures at the organisation headquartered in Cologne, Germany were British and that they would gradually return to the UK throughout this year as regulatory powers reverted to the Civil Aviation Authority.



“As you would expect from an independent nation, we can’t be subject to the rules and laws made by somebody else, so we can’t accept rules from the EU commission and we can’t accept rulings in terms of court cases from the European court of justice or anybody else, any more than the US would,” he told Aviation Week in Washington.

“A lot of the expertise [EASA has] is UK expertise, in fact … A lot of the key leading lights were Brits.”
The Tory MP added that the UK would seek to be “particularly forward-leaning” in the technology and automation sectors. “We’ll make sure our legislative framework is in a great place to enable those kinds of organisations to excel in the UK market,” he said.
The aerospace trade body ADS, which represents more than 1,100 UK businesses, said the decision could put high-skilled jobs at risk.
“We have been clear that continued participation in EASA is the best option to maintain the competitiveness of our £36bn aerospace industry and our access to global export markets,” the chief executive, Paul Everitt, said.
06/03/20
A beautiful day today with plenty of sun shining across Redrow's new development of 170+ houses in Winscombe, north Somerset. Not particularly accepted with open arms with the rest of the residents of the village, hardly surprising when you see the size of the area from the air!



20/01/20
Wow, things are usually quiet at this time of year, but the start of 2020 is proving to be the best winter to date! We seem to be producing more and more drone progress reports for development and construction companies. Our latest was for Bridgwater Gateway, a mixed use development only a few hundred meters from junction 25 of the M5. We were also asked to undertake some ground based photography to complement the project. The client was more than happy to reap the benefits of consolidating the photography with the drone work, a massive saving was enjoyed by the customer!









21/12/19

NOTAM to ALL pilots. Please take extra care during the Christmas period, especially on Christmas Eve!

21/10/19

Registration mandatory from: 30 November 2019
The UK’s new Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Scheme will go live on 5 November 2019 (please note that you cannot register before this date). There will be two elements to the online system. Anyone responsible for a drone or unmanned aircraft (including model aircraft) weighing between 250g and 20kg will need to register as an operator. The cost for this will be £9 renewable annually. Anyone flying a drone or unmanned aircraft (including model aircraft) weighing between 250g and 20kg will need to take and pass an online education package, except if you are an approved commercial drone operator. This is free and renewable every three years. Both of these requirements become law on 30 November 2019. From 5 November 2019 the system will be available at Register-drones.caa.co.uk.
17/09/19

I can't help but share this beautifullly crafted short film with those who are passionate about aviation. Enjoy...
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17/09/19

If you are paying someone to fly a drone you must check that they have the necessary safety approval or you could be paying for an unsafe drone operator that probably won't have any insurance if things go wrong. There are thousands of CAA approved drone operators and the CAA is aware that there are a growing number of illegal operators offering to fly drones for money and potentially posing a safety risk. Anyone being paid to fly a drone needs to be an approved operator with a CAA permission for commercial operations. This ensures the operator of the drone has the necessary flying skills, knows the safety rules and has insurance. In most cases the operator will have attended a specific training course to obtain all the skills and knowledge necessary. Approved drone operators will know what is and isn't possible to safely achieve with a drone. They will also have full, comprehensive insurance. If you hire a drone operator without this and anything goes wrong you could be out of pocket or worse.