Flying Drones in the UK. Drone Laws and Proposed New Regulations
in this video I’m going to summarise some of the main points of the UK Government’s 2018 consultation on the use of drones in UK airspace.
Many drone pilots, business owners, and hobby flyers are concerned about the proposals.
Feel free to post any questions or comments below this video and I or someone else will try to respond.
The consultation ran from the 26th July to the 17th September 2018.
It received 5,061 responses and the results were published on 7th January 2019.
The UK Government wanted to ask what people thought about things like age restrictions and whether the 1km flight restriction around protected aerodromes is sufficient.
They also wanted feedback on how drone flying should be policed and what penalties and enforcement notices should be available to the authorities.
They wanted people’s views on the idea of a pre-flight notification system called FINS (Flight Information and Notification System).
And they also wanted to discuss counter drone technologies.
All this was done while keeping in mind the benefits of the drone industry to the UK economy and the potential growth of the industry in the coming years.
The result of all this is a 97 page document entitled “Taking Flight: The Future of Drones in the UK” and published by the Department of Transport.
I recommend you read the document in full so that you absorb it directly, rather than through my interpretation.
All I’ve done in this video is to quote some of the sections that seemed most relevant, but you might have other ideas.
You can view and download it at this address:
The document begins with a foreword by Baroness Sugg, the Minister for Aviation, who says, “Drones and unmanned aircraft present both exciting benefits to society, and challenges we must address.”
She briefly mentions the advantages and benefits of UAS but also says, “drones can also be misused, risking safety, security and privacy.”
Chapter 1 includes an executive summary, a definition of a drone (RPAS) and UAS, and further definitions and summaries so that the terminology is clear and understood.
This chapter covers; Benefits of drones, Delivering the Government’s industrial strategy with drones; Summary of existing legislation on drones; Tackling drone misuse and raising awareness of the rules; and Future Regulation.
Chapter 2 discusses the proposal for minimum age requirements.
At the moment there is no minimum age for anyone piloting a drone, although the CAA requires a minimum age of 18 years old for the issue of PfCO (Permission for Commercial Operations).
The document makes the distinction between an SUA Operator and the Remote pilot. These distinctions have been formalised in a recent amendment to the ANO (Air Navigation Order).
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