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 law commission logo 175  Law Commission consultation on aviation autonomy

This is a public consultation by the Law Commission for England and Wales closing on 28 June 2024.

The Civil Aviation Authority (“CAA”), and the Department for Transport have asked the Law Commission to review the UK’s regulatory framework to prepare the UK for autonomy in aviation. This project forms part of, and has been partly funded by, the UK Research and Innovation Future Flight Challenge. For more information about this project, click here.

The focus of this consultation is reforms that will enable autonomous and remotely piloted flight to take place safely, lawfully, and with appropriate legal mechanisms for attributing criminal and civil liability when things go wrong.

The consultation questions are drawn from our consultation paper published as part of a review of aviation autonomy.

We recommend that consultees read the consultation paper, which can be found on our website:

A shorter summary and overview is also available on the same page.

Stakeholders do not need to respond to all of the consultation questions – we are happy to receive responses to individual questions.

The consultation can be found here.

Footnote from Martin Robinsion, CEO AOPA UK:

The CAA and DfT have requested this work so responses need to accurate and not emotive. The consultation questions cover:

  • Airworthiness and certification
  • Rules of the air; this could include your views on see and avoid  responsibilities, right of way, airspace segregation, collision avoidance, electronic conspicuity.
  • VTOLs
  • Drones
  • Civil Liability and insurance
  • Criminal liability
  • Impact

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