Geo-fencing vital to safeguard critical airspace from drones

Commenting on new laws being introduced today [Wednesday 30 May 2018] that will restrict all drones from flying above 400ft and within 1km of airport boundaries, Chief Executive of the Airport Operators Association Karen Dee said:

“Drones are a great new technology that are expected to bring many benefits to aviation and the UK as a whole. To achieve these benefits, we must ensure drones are operated safely and pose no risk to aviation.

“The new laws introduced today are an important step in the right direction. As partners in the Drone Code, the AOA will support efforts to educate the public on these new rules.

“An important way to ensure people do not inadvertently break the law is through 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.”