The CAP 722 has finally been updated to reflect the upcoming changes in the regulations on the 31st December 2020. In this article, we'll look at what you need to do if you hold a current PfCO and you originally did your training with an NQE
If you originally did your training with a Nationally Qualified Entity (NQE) you would have been issued an NQE Recommendation Certificate. From the 31st December 2020, you will not be able to apply for a new Operational Authorisation with this Certificate, however, you can continue to renew your permissions up until 31st December 2023.
After 31st December 2023, anyone holding an NQE Recommendation Certificate if they want to continue operating under any Operational Authorisation will have to have attained a General Visual Line of Sight Certificate (GVC).
15 December 2020 - You need a NEW Flyer ID
If you only hold an NQE Recommendation Certificate and you have not upgraded to a GVC, the CAA is mandating you to get a NEW ‘flyer ID’ that has been obtained on or after 15 December 2020. If you currently have a Flyer ID that you obtained before this date, you will have to apply for a new one
This information can be found in V8.0 of the CAP 722 on page 193
Why do I need a new Flyer ID after 15 December 2020?
The reason the CAA want you to get a new Flyer ID after 15 December 2020 is because the CAA want to ensure that you are aware of how the new drone regulation framework will run under the new Open, Specific and Certified Categories. To get the new Flyer ID you will have to redo the FREE Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Service on OR after 15 December 2020.
It is FREE to get a new Flyer ID so make sure that you do this on OR after 15th December 2020.
This ensures that remote pilots have been tested against the requirements of the new UAS regulations and it will entail 40 questions). The new Flyer ID test will be available from 15 December 2020).
What happens after 1 January 2024?
From 1 January 2024 onwards, all remote pilots must be in possession of a GVC if they are operating with an Operational Authorisation and want to take advantage of the PDRAs.
If you currently hold a General VLOS Certificate (GVC) and you have a PfCO you do not need to do anything else. If you hold an NQE Recommendation Certificate and have a current PfCO you need to get a NEW Flyer ID (regardless if you currently have one) on or after 15 December 2020.
DO NOT let your current permissions expire after 31st December 2020 otherwise you will need to do a GVC course to renew your permissions. After 1 January 2024 you will be required to do a GVC course if you are still operting as a remote Pilot with an NQE Recommendation Certificate.
The UK is scheduled to adopt a new set of regulations from Unmanned Aircraft (drones) on the 31st December 2020.
If you'd like to upgrade your NQE Recommendation Certificate to a General Visual Line of Sight Certificate (GVC) we have a simple conversion course which also includes a FREE A2 Certificate of Competency (A2 CofC).