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CAP2367: Session Response: Extending the provisions for Legacy and Transitional Class UAS – sUAS Information


In June 2022 the CAA consulted on whether or not to increase the Legacy and Transitional UAS provisions within the Open class. Additional particulars concerning the session will be discovered right here.

The CAA believed an extension would doubtless be needed as a result of UK not having in place the mandatory infrastructure to maneuver away from non-class marked UAS, to class marked UAS by 01 Jan 2023. Specifically,

  • The institution of the market surveillance authority,
  • Institution of conformity evaluation our bodies,
  • Creation and adoption of related requirements.
    The aim of the session was to gauge stakeholder help for, or in opposition to, an
    extension to the Legacy and Transitional UAS provisions described above, and for the way
    lengthy, and to raised perceive the impression of creating this modification, or not.

Chapter 2

Government Abstract
The session is now closed. In whole the CAA acquired 4506 responses throughout the 5 questions posed.

The RPAS Coverage Crew who instigated the session wish to clarify each response was individually reviewed by the CAA.

The next is a statistical breakdown of responses from questions 1 via to 4.

The CAA requested:

“Would you be in favour of extending the provisions for Legacy class UAS within the

Open Class”.

You mentioned:
Possibility Whole P.c
Sure 4415 97.98
No 71 1.58
I don’t know 20 0.44
Not answered 0 0

The CAA requested:

“Over what further interval ought to the extension for the Legacy class be
You mentioned:
Possibility Whole P.c
12 months 105 2.33
24 months 1120 24.86
Longer than 24 months 3187 70.73
Not answered 94 2.09

The CAA requested:

“Would you be in favour of extending the provisions for Transitional class UAS within the Open Class?”

You mentioned:

Possibility Whole P.c

Sure 4357 96.69
No 73 1.62
I don’t know 76 1.69
Not answered 0 0

The CAA requested:
“Over what further interval ought to the extension for the Transitional class be legitimate?”
You mentioned:
Possibility Whole P.c
12 months 97 2.15
24 months 732 16.25
Longer than 24 months 3522 78.16
Not answered 155 3.44

The CAA requested a further query that offered our regulated a group a chance to debate their selections in higher element.

“Do you may have any further feedback in relation to the proposed extension together with any impression of both extending, or not extending these provisions might have for you?”

In whole, the CAA acquired 2411 responses to this extra query. Every of the 2411 response feedback was learn and grouped accordingly. What emerged had been some frequent themes outlined under.

Environmental Impression

A big proportion of respondents had been involved concerning the environmental impression of getting doubtlessly 1000’s of UAS, a lot of which nonetheless useful, changing into e-waste on the finish of the transitional and legacy durations. You mentioned on the level Class Marked UAS can be found then the trade would see a pure retirement of legacy and transitional UAS.

Financial Impression

Nearly all of responses targeted on the financial impression of getting to improve to Class Marked UAS after investing considerably in Legacy, and Transitional UAS. The CAA had been informed the present regulation, if allowed to proceed, would push not solely leisure, but additionally business operators out of the market.

Funding Uncertainty

A lot of you informed us your small business have held off buying a lot wanted UAS with elevated functionality out of concern for his or her future within the Open Class. The uncertainly at present surrounding Class Marked UAS which is creating uncertainty inside your small business operations.


A big proportion of respondents made the argument in opposition to Class Marked UAS within the Open Class. Citing the low quantity of incidents that at present happen between those that abide by the present regulatory regime.

Clarification of the CAA’s function

A typical theme within the responses is the idea it’s within the CAA’s energy to make this resolution alone. Adjustments to coverage and regulation are made by the Division for Transport and the Authorities. When the CAA identifies an space of coverage or regulation to replace, create, or amend, we submit an opinion to the Division for Transport who will contemplate it. As mentioned in Chapter 3, the CAA has submitted our opinion on this matter to the DfT for consideration.

CAP 2367 Chapter 3: Subsequent steps

There’s a clear and important majority who favour an extension to each provisions past twenty-four months.

This has been a worthwhile train for the CAA to study why the regulated group was in favour of this. It has formed our personal opinion considerably and moulded our response to the Division for Transport.

To that finish, the CAA have really useful to the DfT that:

All provisions needs to be prolonged indefinitely and the category marking scheme needs to be reevaluated. This may type half of a bigger investigation into the present UAS Open Class regulatory framework and what’s best suited for the UK. That is to make sure any resolution suitably addresses the wants of the group in addition to addresses security and safety dangers in a proportional method.

However a re-evaluation of the category marking scheme an extension needs to be indefinite not less than till the buyer should purchase Class Marked UAS on the open market. At that time, consideration may very well be given to the re-introduction of a transitional interval. This is able to be sure that the regulated
group has an acceptable period of time to naturally part out older UAS while on the similar time having the choice to buy Class Marked UAS. This method would considerably mitigate nearly all areas of concern raised within the responses to the session.

Particulars of the advice to authorities, together with the coverage goal, rationale and draft regulatory textual content, can be printed on the CAA Security coverage and laws venture tracker web site sooner or later.

Origional report right here



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