On 26 June 2019, the CAA officially confirmed that their online application form has been amended, removing the requirement for PfCO applicants to include any insurance documentation.
This change also applies to the Operating Safety Case (OSC) widely known as the Ops Manual; Cap722 states on page 131 section 3.16 of the Operations Manual template “must include a copy of insurance document”. However, the new version of CAP722 will change that wording to “may”. In view of this, the CAA are happy if a copy of insurance is no longer included.
Applicants will still be required to obtain commercial drone insurance in the same way as stated in the Civil Aviation (Insurance) Regulations 2005 and EC Regulation 785/2004, but will only have to declare at the time of application that insurance is in place.
- Insurance no longer submitted as part of application process;
- Insurance is optionally submitted as part of ops manual;
- Applicants will still be required to obtain insurance in the same way;
- If PfCO holders are audited they may be required to present evidence of compliant insurance for the appropriate flights they have taken.
This will no doubt help to streamline the PfCO application and renewal process even further, whilst reducing the level of rejection and applications put on hold due to missing or mis-matched insurance documentation.
If you have any questions about the removal of insurance documentation for PfCO applications, please contact our training team on 0330 111 8800.
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