Drone licensing scheme to be launched


We believe this is the most effective way to ensure that unsafe drone use does not have major consequences.

Owners of drones weighing 250 grams and over will in future have to register details of their drones to improve accountability and encourage owners to act responsibly.

The Civil Aviation Authority wants drones linked to systems that would allow real-time tracking. Though Congress could still legislate on the issue.

This will make sure that they are aware of safety, privacy, security and legal requirements.

"Drones are an exciting new technology that, if operated safely, can bring many benefits to aviation and the United Kingdom as a whole".

British police have also reported a sharp rise in complaints from the public about intrusive drone use.

Figures obtained by the Press Association show forces recorded 3,456 episodes previous year, nearly triple the 2015 figure of 1,237 and more than 12 times the 2014 tally of 283.

The drone registration is only part of the equation in the UK. There have been several incidents over the past few years of drones being used to smuggle drugs and other contraband into prisons.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has said that it is considering an age limit for the test, which could mean that children will be banned from flying drones. "Our measures prioritise protecting the public while maximising the full potential of drones", he added.

"Increasingly, drones are proving vital for inspecting transport infrastructure for fix or aiding police and fire services in search and rescue operations, even helping to save lives", Callanan was to say.

It also plans to expand the use of geo-fencing, through which drones are programmed not to enter restricted locations, such as prisons or airports. "By registering drones and introducing safety awareness tests to educate users, we can reduce the inadvertent breaching of airspace restrictions to protect the public", he said.

Pilots' union Balpa said the results of the study into what would happen in the event of a crash were "robust verification" for its warnings of possible catastrophe.

Aviation minister Lord Callanan claimed that the new rules will strike a balance between taking advantage of the benefits of drones while minimizing their misuse.

"The Government should now move quickly to also introduce mandatory geo-fencing technology. The best answer to collision hazards is to take steps to avoid the collision in the first place, and DJI is proud to be a leader in technology initiatives to accomplish that objective", it said.

Forty-eight incidents involving drones or unknown objects were investigated by the United Kingdom authorities in the first half of the year. Key principles in the drone code include to always keep your drone in sight and to stay below 400 feet (120 meters).