Uk To Introduce Registration For Drone Owners

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"By registering drones, introducing safety awareness tests to educate users we can reduce the inadvertent breaching of airspace restrictions".

The rules would affect drones weighing more than 250g and they come in response to an increasing number of near-misses between drones and aircraft.

Drones weighing 400 grams could damage the windscreens of helicopters in particular, but airliner windscreens were found to be much more resistant, according to a summary report released by the government.

There are also plans to extend the use of geo-fencing, in which drones have no-fly zones programmed into them around areas such as prisons and airports.

The British National Air Traffic Service said in an e-mailed statement that it welcomed plans for a registration requirement and mandatory drone safety awareness.

There have also been incidents of drones being used to deliver drugs to prison inmates.

The measures follow a consultation a year ago that looked at ways to make drone use safer.

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Aviation Minister Lord Martin Callanan said the new measures will strike a balance between reaping benefits of drones and preventing their misuse.

The anti-drone ray, which uses thermal imaging for drone detection, was developed in response to the concurrent issue of people flying private drones far too close to airports, reports of which total around 100 per month, the FAA said. 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.

Pilots association BALPA has called on the United Kingdom government to act on a "proven drone collision threat", after independent tests showed a drone being able to penetrate an aircraft windscreen.

In the USA, similar registration rules in March were successfully challenged in court and as a result, they are not applicable to non-commercial flyers, the report said. But also expressed reservations about what it dubbed "unnecessary restrictions" being placed on drone owners.

The study was unable to replicate some key factors in a drone collision with an airliner such as the effects of cabin pressurisation. The company has reportedly developed "sense and avoid" technology.

Commercial drone operators are required to complete a training course and register with the Civil Aviation Authority.

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