What do the new EASA regulations mean for commercial drone operators in the UK?

New European Drone regulation as laid out by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), came into effect on 31 December 2020 and is applicable in all EU member states, Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein as well as the UK.

This means that you no longer need a PfCO to operate commercially. Instead, the CAA now focuses on what, when, and where you’re flying to determine what [specifications] are required.

The new rules are divided into three categories: Open, Specific, and Certified*.

Flock’s insurance is available to all commercial operators in the UK and Europe who require non-recreational* insurance with the right permissions in place. This includes anyone completing the new Open Categories (having completed the Foundational Test required by your local Aviation Authority) as well as existing PfCO holders.

*If you are flying as part of a business then you should carefully read www.caa.co.uk/CAP722. Due to the rules on proximity to people and overflight of congested areas in most cases, if you have an existing operator authorisation from the CAA, you will still require one under the new regulations.

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