Aviation News #28. CAA Skyway Code, Aeropodium Events, New Drone Rules

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It’s Monday February 25th and here is Redspan Aviation News #28.

1. Do you follow the Skyway Code?

The Skyway Code is a CAA publiction (CAP1535P) designed to be a guide to private flying rules, regulations, and best practices.

It contains chapters on.

– Pre-flight checklists for the pilot, the aircraft, and flight planning.

– Useful comms info for UK FIRs.

– Requirements for the pilot in command.

– Aerospace best practices.

– Aerodrome operations procedures.

– General Aviation risks.

– Procedures for emergencies.

– Tables and codes.

– International flights.

and where to find more information.

It was first published in September 2017 and the current version is v1.1.

It’s free to download from the CAA website. For easy navigation simply visit airspacesafety.com and follow the link from there on the home page.

Downloads are limited to ten per person and the terms of use stipulate that the document may not be sold or rented to others.

2. In light of the Gatwick Drone incident last December and other incursions (real, or imagined) the UK Government has announced a change to the laws pertaining to flying unmanned aircraft near airfields and airports.

These new rules come into effect on March 13th 2019 and are explained in detail on the Drone Safe website.

In the UK you have to keep your UAV in sight and below 400 feet, as measured from the drone take-off point on the earth’s surface.

You must follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your drone and maintain a separation of 150ft from people and properties and 300ft from built up areas.

The drone pilot is responsible for the flight at all times.

The new section about airfield restrictions is explained in these terms.

“The government has introduced a new rule stating that the 1km restriction from the airfield boundary is replaced by a restriction using the airfield’s existing aerodrome traffic zone, which has a radius of either two or two and a half nautical miles and then five kilometres by one kilometre zones starting from the point known as the ‘threshold’ at the end of each of the airfield’s runways.

Both zones extend upwards to a height of 2,000 feet above the airfield. It is illegal to fly any drone at any time within these restricted zones unless you have permission from air traffic control at the airport or, if air traffic control is not operational, from the airport itself.”

For more information, links to maps of airfields etc and to download a PDF of the UK’s Drone Code visit the Drone Safe website at http://dronesafe.uk

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