What is visual line of sight as defined by CAA?

CAA’s Visual line of sight operations are as follows:

  1. (a)  This rule applies to the following types of aircraft:
    1. (1)  a remotely piloted aircraft:
    2. (2)  a free flight model aircraft.
  2. (b)  A person must not operate an aircraft to which this rule applies

in—

  1. (1)  any area in which the person’s view of the surrounding airspace in which the aircraft will operate is obstructed; or
  2. (2)  meteorological conditions that obstruct the person’s ability to maintain visual line of sight of the aircraft.

(c) A person who operates an aircraft to which this rule applies must at all times—

  1. (1)  maintain visual line of sight with the aircraft; and
  2. (2)  be able to see the surrounding airspace in which the aircraft is operating; and

(3) operate the aircraft below the cloud base.

(d) For the purposes of this rule visual line of sight means a straight line along which an observer has a clear view and which may be achieved with the use of—

  1. (1)  spectacles, contact lenses, or a similar device used to correct subnormal vision of the user to no better than normal vision but not the use of an electronic, mechanical, electromagnetic, optical, or electro-optical instrument; or
  2. (2)  a first person view system and a trained and competent observer who maintains—
  3. (3)  visual line of sight of the aircraft; and
  4. (4)  sight of the surrounding airspace in which the aircraft is operating; and
  5. (5)  direct communication with the person who is operating the aircraft.

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Last Update: February 21, 2019  

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