I discovered yesterday that the CAA intend to make flying by FPV illegal in changes to the Air Navigation Order due to be introduced in November this year. This is despite previous written assurances that FPV flying would not be caught up in the new changes for UAV/ UAS operations.
Page 13 of the document here http://www.caa.co.uk...tAssessment.pdf includes the clause:
PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE AIR NAVIGATION ORDER ARTICLES
Regulation of Small Aircraft
(3) The person in charge of a small aircraft shall maintain direct unaided visual contact with the aircraft sufficient to monitor its flight path in relation to other aircraft, persons, vehicles, vessels and structures for the purpose of avoiding collisions
I have this morning written to my local MP (my letter attached in PDF format) and I urge each of you to do the same very urgently. If 30 or so of us each write to our local MP we may stand a chance of blocking this new clause from becoming law.
You can find your local MP here: http://findyourmp.parliament.uk/
I have attached a rough draft of a letter that each of you could use as a basis for your letter in Word format.
I have also approached a Barrister this morning who specialises in aviation law in the hope that he might help us on a pro bono basis and I also intend to seek help through these two pro bono websites: http://www.barprobono.org.uk/ and http://www.probonouk.net/
I hope we can stop this becoming law by working together. Please publicise this and get as many people as possible to write to their MPs.
Edited by Daytona, 08 September 2009 - 04:53 AM.