Geo-fencing vital to safeguard critical airspace from drones
Welcoming the Government’s plans to publish a draft Done Bill in the Spring of next year to ensure the safe use of drones, Chief Executive of the Airport Operators Association Karen Dee said:
“Drones are an exciting new technology that, if operated safely, are expected to bring many benefits to aviation and the UK as a whole. The draft Drone Bill to ensure that the growth in drone use does not endanger or disrupt civil aviation is welcome and we look forward to seeing the detail of the Bill next year.
“Enforcement will be vital for these new rules to be effective and any proposed extension of police powers needs to take into account resources to use those powers.
“The Government should proceed with introducing mandatory geo-fencing technology as soon as possible. This would safeguard critical airspace around airports from accidental drone incursions. We believe this is the most effective way to ensure that unsafe drone use does not have major consequences.
“It is crucial drone users are aware of risks and regulations around drones so they can use their drones responsibly. That is why the AOA supports the Drone Code, which is an important tool in raising awareness. We will continue to promote these and other initiatives to help drone users fly drones safely.”