UK pilots are pressing the government for stricter regulations to be enforced on the use of drones in UK skies.
Rules are rules
Many pilots argue that drones sharing the same airspace as commercial aircraft must adhere to the same stringent regulations that all commercial aircraft currently abide by.
The report comes to light as news emerges about a drone that was spotted by a pilot that flew roughly 83 feet away from his commercial aircraft as it was landing at Southend airport causing the pilot alarm and cause for real concern.
The drone in question was identified as a quad-copter but the owner could not be traced or identified by police.
The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) rules on unmanned flying vehicles are extremely tight. One of the rules prohibits the flying of drones over or within 150m of built-up areas unless explicit permission is granted for work purposes.
Drones are also not permitted to fly within 50m (164 ft) of any person.
Larger drones to come
As well as the increasing threat of inconsiderate usage of drones the industry has forecast that in about 10 years time drones the size of commercial aircraft will be working in the same airspace as traditional manned vehicles.
It is this forecast that has prompted airline pilots to speak up now to ensure air traffic is monitored correctly and safely before something tragic happens in the near future.
A Department for Transport spokesman stressed that ‘no drone whatever the size will be able to share the same regulated airspace as commercial airliners until they can demonstrate the same level of safety and regulation’. In the meantime you can learn more about the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) rules here.
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