The CAA has postponed the introduction of the new EU UAS Regulations within the UK.
The authority confirmed that this will be by a period of at least four weeks due to the disruption caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
As a result of this, any person involved in the operation of UAS within the UK will not be required to comply with the new requirements of Regulation (EU) 2019/947 (known as the Implementing Regulation – IR) before November 1, 2020.
The CAA explained how it is aware that the European Commission (EC) is also considering a postponement to the IR’s applicability date but the decision on this, and hence the final length of the delay period, is not likely to be made for a number of weeks yet.
As part of the statement online, it said: “We have taken the decision now so that we can provide a reasonable degree of certainty for you all, rather than continue to work towards the original July 1 applicability date and then change at the last minute.”
Adding: “It is quite possible that the EC may subsequently delay the applicability beyond 1 November, and we will notify you accordingly if this is the case. Rest assured, however, that the date from which any person involved in the operation of UAS within the UK will need to comply with the IR will not be before November 1, 2020.”
The CAA’s guidance within CAP1789 is also being updated to reflect the applicability date change, along with a number of other developments since its original publication, and will be published very shortly.
The relevant dates within CAP722B will also be changed appropriately, as will the relevant aspects of the CAA Scheme of Charges.