CAA’s Visual line of sight operations rules means that:
If you operate:
- a remotely piloted aircraft:
- a free flight model aircraft.
Then you must NOT operate your drone:
- in any area in which the drone pilots view of the surrounding airspace in which the aircraft will operate is obscured from view by objects, buildings, trees or other natural obstacles.
- in meteorological weather conditions that stop you from maintaining visual line of sight of the drone.
A person who operates a drone UAV needs to:
- maintain visual line of sight with the aircraft at all times
- be able to see the surrounding airspace in which the aircraft is operating
- operate the aircraft below the cloud base or fog, smoke etc
Visual line of sight means a straight line along which an observer has a clear view and which may be achieved by:
- spectacles, contact lenses, or a similar device used to correct any subnormal vision
- a first-person view and a trained and competent observer who maintains visual line of sight of the drone UAV, can see through and around all of the airspace the drone is flying in, and/or maintain direct communication with the person who is operating the aircraft.