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How to apply for permission

Applications for permission to conduct aerial work or for operations over or adjacent to a congested area or at night should be submitted using the application form in the downloadable documents. The Civil Aviation Administration will normally require the following to be provided with any request:

  • Evidence that the operator has completed a course of adequate theoretical knowledge/general airmanship.
  • Evidence of successful completion of a practical flight assessment on the class of small unmanned aircraft that is to be used.
  • Evidence of recent flying experience on the class of small unmanned aircraft that is to be used.
  • A copy of the operations manual that includes specific safety policies for operations over or adjacent to congested areas and/or at night as required.
  • Evidence of appropriate insurance to cover any risks associated with the planned flight(s).

Note 1: Some of the requirements may be demonstrated by the submission of a recent appropriate permission issued by the UK CAA or other National Supervisory Authority.

Note 2: An appropriate qualification issued by a UK National Qualified Entity for SUA/SUSA pilot competency, or at the discretion of the Department, an alternative method of demonstrating compliance with the critical elements of pilot competency detailed in UK CAA publication CAP 722 Chapter 4 may also be submitted as part of the application.

Note 3: At the discretion of the Civil Aviation Administration:

  • Evidence that the operator holds or has previously held a pilot’s licence or Air Traffic Controller’s licence may meet the requirement for the operator to provide evidence of the completion of a course of adequate theoretical knowledge/general airmanship.
  • Evidence of relevant flight records and drone flying experience may be considered in lieu of completing a practical flight assessment on the class of small unmanned aircraft that is to be used.

Please contact:

Civil Aviation Administration

Ground Floor

Viscount House

Ronaldsway Airport

Ballasalla

Isle of Man

IM9 2AS

Telephone:+44 1624 682358

Fax:+44 1624 682355

Email:Send Email

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