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  • Proposed extension to Legacy and Transitional UAS provisions in the Open Category

    We are consulting on a proposed extension to the Legacy and Transitional category UAS provisions in the Open category and would like your opinion. Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operate within one of three categories: Open, Specific or Certified. This consultation primarily impacts Open... More

    Closed 13 May 2022

  • Draft Airspace Modernisation Strategy 2022-2040

    What are we asking? The CAA would like to hear your views on a draft of our refreshed Airspace Modernisation Strategy 2022–2040, which will replace the existing Airspace Modernisation Strategy ( CAP 1711 ) that was published in December 2018. The strategy will now... More

    Closed 4 April 2022

  • Airspace classification draft findings on Cotswold Region

    The UK Civil Aviation Authority has produced a r eport containing its draft findings of its review into the Cotswold Region . The report contains the initial plan of volumes to take forward to the amend phase on which we are now seeking your views. We decided in April 2021 to adopt a... More

    Closed 27 March 2022

  • Enforcement Guidance and Draft Statement of Policy on Penalties - Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Act 2021 Part 1

    Historically, neither the government nor the CAA have had the powers to guarantee or compel that airspace change as part of a wider modernisation programme is taken forward. Following consultation, the Government introduced the Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft (ATMUA) Bill into... More

    Closed 3 March 2022

  • CAP 1724 Flying Display Standards: Edition 4 Consultation

    This CAP was first published in February 2019 alongside CAP403 Flying Displays and Special Events to ensure that the process of display pilot evaluation is standardised as far as is practicable. It provides a single point of access to guidance for Display Authorised pilots (DAs) and Display... More

    Closed 15 February 2022

We Asked, You Said, We Did

Here are some of the issues we have consulted on and their outcomes. See all outcomes

We asked

Whether to extend the Legacy and Transitional UAS provisions in the Open category.

You said

We received 4,506 responses including 2,411 additional comments.

There is a clear and significant majority who favour an extension to both provisions beyond twenty-four months.

We did

We have published a response document and podcast that explains the conclusions we’ve now come to and our recommendation to Government for taking the issue forward.

 

We asked

The purpose of this consultation was to ask for your views on our draft Statement of Policy on Penalties, as published in CAP2280.

Part 1 of The Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Act 2021 (the Act) introduced new roles and powers for the CAA relating to airspace change proposals. The Act requires us to prepare, consult on and publish a statement of policy with respect to imposing penalties. Our draft statement set out the CAA’s proposed approach to imposing penalties, what factors we would use to determine the amount, and how we would consider aggravating and mitigating factors.

The consultation consisted of four questions, all of which invited free text responses:

  1. Do you have any comments on the CAA’s proposed approach to imposing a penalty under Schedule 2 of the Act?
  2. Do you have any comments on the CAA’s proposed approach to determining the amount of penalty?
  3. Do you have any comments on the CAA’s consideration of mitigating and aggravating factors?
  4. Do you have any comments on the CAA’s proposed approach to determining the form of penalty?

You said

We received 11 responses in total, which are published here, where we have permission to do so. We asked respondents to place themselves in one of nine categories. Of the 11 responses:

  • four were from members of the General Aviation community
  • three were from representatives of the commercial aviation industry (airports or air navigation service providers)
  • three were either users of remotely piloted aerial systems or their representative groups
  • one was from someone from an organisation that provides social media commentary about remotely piloted aerial systems.

From our analysis of the 11 responses, we identified these themes:

  • General concerns around the idea of forcing a sponsor to undertake an airspace change proposal, including when against their (business) interest – three responses referred to this concern, including that the process must be proportionate and include the right of appeal
  • “Draconian” process and penalty amount – one response expressed concern that the process could put a company out of business
  • CAA and ACOG’s involvement in the process – several responses made comment about the level of involvement of the CAA in the whole process; one comment suggested ACOG (the Airspace Change Organising Group, a separate and impartial unit within NATS (En Route) plc set up to prepare the airspace change masterplan) needed a code of conduct if it is involved in imposing penalties
  • References to ‘persons’ – one response was concerned with imposing penalties on individuals, rather than organisations
  • Evidence used by the CAA in determining the penalty – one response sought clarity on when evidence could be submitted
  • Form of penalty – one response sought clarification on when one or both options (fixed or daily) would be used

Two responses commented on penalties for the inappropriate use or misuse of remotely piloted aircraft systems, which are the subject of Part 3 of the Act. While we always review all comments in full, we have not responded to these comments because they are out of scope for the purpose of this consultation exercise which relates to Part 1 of the Act only.

We did

We have published the final version of our Statement of Policy on Penalties in Chapter 4 of CAP2431 Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Act 2021 Part 1: Enforcement Guidance and Statement of Policy on Penalties.

This table summarises the changes we made to the statement as a result of the responses we received. It also explains why we did not change the document in response to other comments.

This diagram sets out a summary of the process prior to imposing a penalty.

We asked

It is vital that CAP1724 Flying Display Authorisation Standards Document remains up-to-date and relevant, and that the CAA’s guidance material in this area remains proportionate, clear and unambiguous.

We asked for feedback from the regulated community on proposed amendments to CAP 1724 ahead of the 2022 display season. 

We compiled a draft of CAP 1724 Edition 4 and consulted on it over 4 working weeks from 18 January 2022 until 15 February 2022. 

You said

A total of 40 unique comments to the draft CAP from 16 respondents were received.

34 clearly conveyed some sort of change, 3 suggested no changes and 3 were unclear. Of these, 23 comments were textual in nature, suggesting revised wording or highlighting minor drafting points. Many of these comments were duplicated between respondents; and the other 11 comments were more substantive, calling for some sort of change of the underlying policy. 

We did

20 of the comments were accepted (50%). Most of these comprised of suggested rewording of content for clarification. A further 4 comments were suggested where changes had already been made and 7 comments were noted as unclear / unspecific.

Of the remaining 9 elected not to implement, most called for revision to text that had been carefully drafted in cooperation and consultation with other groups. Others asked for further expansion on material that is covered adequately either in this document or elsewhere. Some suggested the introduction of content that was thought not necessary and outside the scope of this CAP.

We have produced a final version of CAP 1724 Edition 4 which was published on 9 March 2022.