What you need to know about ANO 2016

The Air Navigation Order (ANO) is a piece legislation that is enforced by the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority), the regulatory body of aviation within the UK, with the aim of ensuring the aviation industry meets the highest safety standard. Using its relevant expertise, the CAA aims to create a safe environment for the general public and practicing pilots in the UK. Included within this Order are rules that apply specifically to the use of UAVs, and as these aerial vehicles continue to become more commonplace throughout industry and in day to day life, the ANO must adapt accordingly. On 25th August 2016, the existing ANO that was released in 2009 was amended and the ANO 2016 came into effect. This edited set of regulations included changes that affect both existing and prospective commercial drone pilots, as well as all aviation professionals holding a Permission for Aerial Work (PfAW). While the ANO 2016 has been effective since September, the specific impact of the new Order may not be clear – if you are involved in the commercial UAV industry, here is what you need to know about ANO 2016.

The term ‘Aerial Work’ has been replaced with ‘Commercial Operation’

This will also change the name of the accreditation to PfCO (instead of PfAW as it was previously). While the name of the term is different, the meaning remains the same to all intents and purposes. This can be seen in article 259 of ANO 2016. If you are a training pilot, you will be issued with this PfCO when applying after 25th August. Those already holding a PfAW do not need to take any immediate action, and will receive a PfCO upon your annual renewal. This change is of particular interest, and should be taken into account when writing an Operations Manual while applying for CAA certification. In order to submit a successful application the correct, current terminology must be used.

The ANO has been restructured, with important articles changing numbers

  • Article 138 ‘Endangering persons or property’ is retitled to Article 241
  • Article 166 ‘Small Unmanned Aircraft (SUA)’ is retitled to Article 94
  • Article 167 ‘Small Unmanned Surveillance Aircraft (SUSA)’ is retitled to article 95

All of the UAQ courses from UAVAir are in led accordance with the ANO 2016, and we ensure that our drone training is consistently in line with the current industry standards. UAVAir is committed to offering a high standard of drone training in order to support our candidates as they start their drone pilot career. To learn more about the updated ANO 2016 or to discover how you can gain your PfCO, book a place on one of our courses today!