CAA Legislation Update 2nd November 2019

Below are links to the actual legal documents relating to the new CAA legislation that will be published on 5th November 2019 and will become law on 30th November 2019.

These documents relate to the exemptions, that will be applicable to BMFA members and other recognised bodies, to exempt members from some parts of the new legislation.

Document 1 relates to members not having to register as an operator until 31st January 2020, rather than the start date on 30th November 2019. To legally fly under this exemption, you need to have a copy of the document and proof of your BMFA membership (or other named body), with you, when you are flying.

Document 2 relates to control line aircraft, effectively exempting control line flyers from the new legislation. This exemption expires on 30th June 2020 and may change on this date, when the full new EASA proposals are to be implemented. All the legislation could change again on this date.

Document 3 relates to the exemption of BMFA members and other recognised bodies, not to take, the flying competency test (basically the pilot test), if they hold one of the recognised proficiency tests, with one of the organisations. However, the actual law as it is written in the document, is not as the BMFA had suggested and it specifically says you must hold a:

  1. British Model Flying Association (BMFA) ‘A’ certificate (Helicopter, Fixed Wing, Multi-Rotor or SF)

It makes no reference to any other BMFA achievement scheme tests, such as Basic Proficiency Tests (BPC’s) or slope / thermal tests. The BMFA were saying it applied to all the proficiency tests, but that is not what the legal document says. It does need to be clarified, but in my view if you do not hold one of the actual tests as specified, then you are not exempt (that is my own personal legal view, as the document is currently written) and you would need to take the pilot test.

Again, to legally fly under this exemption, you need to have a copy of the document and proof of your BMFA membership (or other named body) with you, when you are flying.

Document 4 relates to CAA accredited drone pilots and exempts them, from taking the flying test (in the main people flying drones professionally for a living).

Document 5 relates to members of FPV UK exempting them from taking the flying test (not sure why this was not included in document 3).

There are going to be many other things that will need to be clarified as time goes on. The training of new pilots is one area of concern and I need to clarify a few things before I give an opinion.

I would advise members to ignore people giving their own opinions, on online forums and social media platforms, unless you are certain the person knows what they are talking about. Most of the comments on Facebook and forums are usually complete rubbish, from what I call, keyboard warriors, who have no idea what they are talking about.

Martin Lynn,
DDMAC Membership Secretary.



1 Response

  1. Martin Lynn says:

    After our November club meeting and the presentation and discussion about the new CAA registration scheme, there is an update from Andy Symons (BMFA Club Support Officer) after the BMFA’s meeting with the CAA today. The CAA have (as below) said that a person under going tuition, with the buddy box system, is not the remote pilot and does not need to hold the flying test certificate. The instructor will of course have to hold the certificate or be exempt. The aircraft will also have to have a valid operator ID on it too.
    ‘Productive CAA meeting yesterday. No exemption required for buddy box flights. The CAA fully accept the BMFA position that the person holding the slave TX is neither the operator or remote pilot. Of course, the aircraft will need a valid Op Id on it and the person on the master TX must hold a competency’.

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