UK introduces new laws to restrict drone use near airports

1 June 2018 (Last Updated June 1st, 2018 12:00)

The UK Government has introduced new regulations that will restrict all drones flying near the airports in a bid to tackle the risk they pose to people and aircraft.

The Government of UK has introduced new regulations that will restrict all drones flying near the airports in a bid to tackle the dangers they pose to people and aircraft.

Starting 30 July this year, drones will be banned from flying above 400ft and within a 1km radius of an airport boundary.

These measures are being introduced after 93 drone incidents with aircraft were reported last year.

They are aimed at reducing the possibility of damage to windows and engines of planes and helicopters.

From November next year, the owners of drones that weigh 250g or more will have to register with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and are required to pass an online safety test to ensure the UK’s skies are safe from irresponsible flyers.

The modifications are part of the future of mobility Grand Challenge, which was laid out in the government’s modern Industrial Strategy.

“Whilst we want this industry to innovate and grow, we need to protect planes, helicopters and their passengers from the increasing numbers of drones in our skies. These new laws will help ensure drones are used safely and responsibly.”

UK Aviation Minister Baroness Sugg said: “We are seeing fast growth in the numbers of drones being used, both commercially and for fun.

“Whilst we want this industry to innovate and grow, we need to protect planes, helicopters and their passengers from the increasing numbers of drones in our skies. These new laws will help ensure drones are used safely and responsibly.”

Additionally, a draft Drones Bill is planned to be published, which will empower police to intervene on the spot if drones are being used inappropriately.

Ultimately, the drone operators will be required to use apps to access the information needed to make sure any planned flight can be made safely and legally.

Gatwick Airport chief operating officer Chris Woodroofe said: “We welcome the clarity that today’s announcement provides as it leaves no doubt that anyone flying a drone must stay well away from aircraft, airports and airfields.

“Drones open up some exciting possibilities but must be used responsibly. These clear regulations, combined with new surveillance technology, will help the police apprehend and prosecute anyone endangering the travelling public.”