CAA looks to clear up Thames drone flight issue


The CAA is looking to give clarification on drone flights across the River Thames with regards to the control the Port of London has on pilots.

The Civil Aviation Authority was responding to a member of the Drone Safe Register when it offered further clarity on the issue.

Presently, according to the DSR, the Port of London Authority (PLA) is responsible for enforcing the laws and regulations that apply on a 95 mile stretch of the Thames from Teddington to the North Sea.

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On its website the PLA have a page specific to the use of drones which sets out a number of requirements.

However, in an email sent to DSR member Peter Hinton of Meneldor Pictures, an airspace assistant for the CAA said that the issue is going to be discussed in a meeting with the Department for Transport next month.

The email, responding to a flight request from Mr Hinton, said: “After liaising with Alex Sudbury, one of the legal advisers at the CAA, the CAA are content for this flight to happen. The CAA can see no restrictions that the Port of London Authority can place on the flight. This however is an ongoing issue and will be discussed next month at a meeting with the Department for Transport.”

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