Attack on the Drones?
- By Paul Sullivan
Top of many Christmas lists this year will be ‘remote piloted aircraft’, more commonly known as drones.
If this is something you are thinking about, you should be aware that the Government has just announced that it will introduce legislation to address the increased use of drones in the UK.
The current Civil Aviation Authority guidelines require that:
- Your drone must be kept within your line of sight;
- You can’t fly: At a height of over 400 feet,
- Near to an airport or in controlled airspace,
- Over or within 150 metres of a congested area such as a town or city,
- Over or within 150 metres of a crowd of more than 1000 people,
- Within 50 metres of any person, structure, vessel or vehicle if your drone has a camera fitted.
- In addition, a drone cannot be flown commercially without a permit from the UK Civil Aviation Authority.
The draft Drone (Regulation) Bill 2017-19 goes even further to require drones weighing 250g and over, which will more than likely include all but the smallest of toys, to be registered, with their operators having to sit safety awareness tests.
The Aviation Minister, Baroness Sugg, said: ‘Drones have great potential and we want to do everything possible to harness the benefits of this technology as it develops. But if we are to realise the full potential of this incredibly exciting technology, we have to take steps to stop illegal use of these devices and address safety and privacy concerns. These new laws strike a balance, to allow the vast majority of drone users to continue flying safely and responsibly, while also paving the way for drone technology to revolutionise businesses and public services.’
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