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    The picture, taken during the testing, shows a larger hobbyist-class drone penetrating an aircraft windscreen.
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    ATW Online; Tuesday 25 July 2017
    UK issues new drone rules; releases collision test data
    The UK Department for Transport (DfT) and UK CAA are tightening their unmanned aircraft vehicle (UAV) rules, just as research was released on the potential collision damage to commercial aircraft.

    Under the proposed rules, drones weighing more than 250 grams (0.55 lb.) will have to be registered online or through apps. Users will also have to take a safety awareness test to prove they understand UK safety, security and privacy regulations.

    The DfT acknowledged drones offer “substantial benefit” in terms of productivity, safety, emergency service- and leisure-use, but it said the measures were aimed at improving accountability and encouraging owners to act responsibly.

    The government is also looking into increased use of “geofencing,” GPS-based technology that acts like an invisible shield, stopping drones from entering sensitive zones such as prison or airport space.

    “Some manufacturers have already programmed their drones not to fly in sensitive areas, but the government would like to reinforce this work,” the DfT said.

    The action follows the release of research, commissioned by the DfT, British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) and the Military Aviation Authority (MAA), which reveals that drones weighing 400 grams could damage aircraft windscreens - particularly helicopters.

    “Airliner windscreens were found to be much more resistant. It would take a heavier drone of around 2 kg [4.4 lbs.] to critically damage an airliner windscreen, and only if the airliner is flying at a high speed; not during takeoff and landing,” the DfT said. “The government is feeding the data into relevant security and safety bodies alongside manufacturers, to ensure they implement improvements to safety.”

    Pilot lobby group the European Cockpit Association (ECA) called for urgent action from European authorities following the release of the report, saying it gives “robust proof” that damage could be “catastrophic,” even from small drones traveling at modest speeds.

    “Testing shows that drones can cause more damage than a bird of equivalent mass at the same speed,” ECA said. The body called for work toward greater awareness, the need for qualifications, more stringent oversight and licensing, drone registration, mandatory geofencing and investment in technology to allow air traffic controllers to “see” drones.

    “This report clearly shows that readily available drones, which can be flown by anyone, can shatter or go straight through an aircraft windshield or shatter a helicopter rotor. And those impacts would have catastrophic consequences,” BALPA general secretary Brian Strutton said. “We hope that urgent government action will now follow to control this proven threat before there is a disaster and lives are lost.”


    By: Victoria Moores
    Good to see some regulation coming into force over drones.
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    Default Re: UK Issues New Drone Rules

    So a battery-powered drone above 0.25 Kgs with it's 10 or 20 minute flight duration is not going to be permitted, but full-on nitro-powered helicopters and aeroplanes with plenty of flight time are no problems at any weight?

    Just like what they do in the USA. Put plenty of rules in place and fine drone flyers $10,000 for each rule broken. $200K fine https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/...ypan/96671342/

    AU$9000 potential fine for flying a sausage http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/4...sausage/?cs=12

    $170K fine for picture taking in Italy http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel...fe5f7dce816169

    Cumbrian man fined £4300 for taken photos of Nuclear sub... https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...one-conviction

    Start saving those pennies.

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    Cumbrian man fined £4300 for taken photos of Nuclear sub... https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...one-conviction
    The Cumbrian man, Robert Knowles, told the Guardian
    .... that the conviction was "ridiculous". He said that he had been flying his £1,000 drone in a field a mile and a half away from the base on the morning of Sunday 25 August 2013 when the 4 ft, kit-built drone – with a camera on board – suddenly lost radio contact during its seventh flight.

    "The radio failed and it flew away down the Walney channel," Knowles told the Guardian. "I couldn't have controlled it. I don't know why the radio failed. It landed in the sea channel, and the salt water ruined it."
    This case adds extra dimensions to the concerns. Failure of the radio control would just leave the drone to wander off. So, in addition to Drone Registration and Drone Pilot training, Insurance cover should be deemed necessary.
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