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UK VMC rules to be amended in 2021

Old 18th Dec 2020, 15:13
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UK VMC rules to be amended in 2021

I was rather hoping this would come about but I'm still pleasantly suprised that we can return to the previous rules...

http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/33/...%202020-07.pdf
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Old 18th Dec 2020, 21:29
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Me too! Pity we have to wait till 20 May 2021 though.

And still not worth all the likely pain of Brexit imho.
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Purely theoretical question, since I'm unlikely to be flying in UK airspace, but in 2.4, what does "operating environment" mean and how does it affect 2.3?
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Old 19th Dec 2020, 11:44
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I think they could have just written the word “anything”.
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Old 20th Dec 2020, 00:03
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"Annex 1 Part A Exceptions to the Minimum Height Requirements

1) General (SERA.5005(f)(2)) a) The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) permits, under paragraphs SERA.3105 and SERA.5005(f), an aircraft to fly at a height of less than 150 metres (500 feet) above the highest obstacle within a radius of 150 metres (500 feet) from the aircraft, subject to the condition set out in subparagraph (b).

b) The aircraft must not be flown closer than 150 metres (500 feet) to any person, vessel, vehicle or structure except with the permission of the CAA."


What's happened to the above, has it's demise passed me by? If it is still alive somebody needs to tell the MATS management department at the CAA.

what does "operating environment" mean and how does it affect 2.3?
It is their way of saying that the contents of this document do not apply to class 'F' and 'G' airspace.

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Old 24th Dec 2020, 10:13
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Does this mean that instead of the current rule at my home airfield where minima is a cloud base of 1,400 ft QNH, in future it will be clear of cloud and in sight of the surface and observing the 500 foot rule ?
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Old 24th Dec 2020, 15:28
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An airfield can make whatever byelaws (rules) it chooses to demand of it's users. The UK VMC rules of the air have nothing to do with it. No airfield can expect anyone to break the law obviously.
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Old 24th Dec 2020, 16:34
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Hi Dave
If you mean Redhill then yes - we just go back to our previous rules.......
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Old 25th Dec 2020, 10:22
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Oh good, splendid
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