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

Closed 13 May 2022

Opened 22 Apr 2022

Overview

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 category operations.

More details have been set out in this short consultation document.

Why your views matter

We do not believe that the UK has in place the necessary infrastructure to move away from non-class marked UAS, to class marked UAS by 1 January 2023, and so would like to consult on a proposal to extend the Legacy and Transitional period, to allow time for the necessary steps to be taken by Government; some of these include:

  • Establishment of the market surveillance authority
  • Establishment of conformity assessment bodies
  • Creation and adoption of relevant standards

The purpose of this consultation is to gauge stakeholder support for, or against, an extension to the Legacy and Transitional UAS provisions described above, and for how long, and to better understand the impact of making this change, or not. 

Audiences

  • Drone operator

Interests

  • Drones