ARPAS says “not much will change” as it obtains EASA regulations update


ARPAS has obtained an update from the CAA on what will change when the new EASA regulations come into play.

It comes after James Dunthorne, standards director at the trade body, received a question from an ARPAS member.

The organisation released how based on some comments received, Dunthorne spoke to the CAA and received an official update from them.

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ARPAS confirmed that the CAA will be updating CAP1789 soon to provide further clarification on the following matters:

1) The UK aren’t planning to follow EASA’s standard scenarios. They will instead follow the pre-defined risk assessments (PDRA’s) route. These are essentially like an OSC, except that the CAA have done the risk assessment for you. All you will need to do is provide evidence that you meet the requirements of the PDRA by submitting your operations manual (similar to PfCO process).

2) PDRA-01, the details of which will be published in May, will be identical to the current PfCO. As a new applicant you will need to complete the General Visual Light of Sight Certificate (GVC) course to operate under the standard 30m/ 50m limits and be flying an aircraft below 25kg. You will need to submit your operations manual in the same way you do now. Existing PfCO holders that renew their authorisation after 30th June, will automatically become PDRA-01 holders.

3) Under PDRA-01 there will be an additional “Module 1” which will allow you to gain EVLOS permission by completing additional training and meeting the requirements of Module 1 which is defined in Section B6 of CAP722B. Again, you will need to submit your operations manual to get this permission awarded to you.

4) Nothing will change the OSC process. If you want more than a PfCO (PDRA-01), or EVLOS (module 1) permission, you will need an OSC where you have to complete the risk assessment yourself.

Commenting on what the EASA regulations will mean for the industry, the ARPAS statement concluded: “Essentially, not much will change when compared to the current process. We hope that clears up any confusion for our members.

“To reiterate, the CAA will be updating CAP1789 in the near future so that their publications are up-to-date.”

In January, the CAA issued a warning to nervous first time fliers.

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