The Drone code _ Issued by the CAA
To ensure UAV's do not interfere with other air traffic and to prevent flight over congested areas, all pilots including PfCO approved, amateur or hobbiest pilots, must abide by the drone code; unless they have a CAA approved Operational Safety Case (OSC) and have demonstrated their redundancy processes in the case of an emergency or equipment failure. See the below diagram to get familiar with the code; we feel it is important for our clients to also know what is permitted. Safe operations is always paramount prior to and during flight.
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CAA Approved for night operations
To operate drones at night you must be approved by the Civil Aviation Authority and you are required to state your procedures within the company Operations Manual. Once that has been approved you are then issued with a permission on your PfCO.
This stipulates that
Flights at night shall only be conducted in accordance with the approved Ops Manual procedures.
Prior to flying operations, a daylight reconnaissance and site safety assessment, including aircraft flight-paths within the surrounding area, shall be undertaken to identify, address and record any hazards, restrictions and obstacles.
The launch site shall be provided with adequate illumination and the aircraft shall be equipped with adequate conspicuity lighting.
Flights shall only commence when the weather conditions are suitable for continuous VLOS operations.