Drones will have to be registered and users will have to sit safety awareness test

You no doubt saw this all over the news this weekend? Owners of drones weighing 250 grams and over (that pretty much covers all of the filmmaking UAVs) will in future have to register details. It’s a welcome move to encourage pilots ‘to improve accountability and encourage owners to act responsibly.’

In addition, a new drone safety awareness test means owners will have to prove that they understand UK safety, security and privacy regulations.

The government worked with the CAA to develop a new drone code launched last year which has 6 key principles:

  • always keep your drone in sight
  • stay below 400 feet (120 metres) to comply with the drone code
  • every time you fly your drone you must follow the manufacturer’s instructions
  • keep the right distance from people and property
  • you are responsible for each flight
  • stay well away from aircraft, airports and airfields

The government also plans to bring forward and expand the use of ‘geo-fencing’ in the UK that acts like an invisible shield around buildings or sensitive areas. The technology, which works on GPS coordinates, is built into the drone and stops it from entering zones such as prison or airport space.

 

We’ll bring you more information as plans to implement the new rules are released. Until then, Fly Safe 🙂

 

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