UK updates drone code

In order to help both commercial and personal pilots deal with the increasing use of drones in the UK sky the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has updated the UK’s drone code.

In research carried out by the CAA it suggests that only 39% of owners know about the safe-flying regulations.

As a result, the aviation body has said it wants to raise awareness among first time drone users who may receive the craft as a present.

The CAA and NATS are working with retailers to ensure that customers are told about their responsibilities when they buy a drone.

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Further research conducted by the CAA suggests that only 36% of drone buyers get safe flying drone guidance at the point of sale.

The move comes after a reported four near-collisions between drones and civilian aircrafts in October this year.

The UK Airprox board said that in 2016 there have been 56 near-miss incidents, while there were only 29 in 2015.

There is an obvious trend.

“Drones are an incredible, inspiring technology but it’s vital that people are using them safely,” said Andrew Sage from air traffic control body NATS in a statement.

“With the number of reported drone incidents on the rise, it’s important that people understand their legal obligations and fly safe,” he said.

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The updated code turns the five main safety tips into a mnemonic, which spells…drone:

  • Don’t fly near airports or airfields
  • Remember to stay below 120m (400ft) and at least 50m (150ft) away from people
  • Observe your drone at all times
  • Never fly near aircraft
  • Enjoy responsibly

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Nick Ismail

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