Aviation leaders making ‘successful’ progress towards drone integration

Leaders in aviation have made significant progress towards the successful integration of drones into global airspace, according to a new report. A leading US aviation attorney believes the ‘baby steps’ taken by the FAA in August are the right ones to incorporate drones into airspace worldwide. In a column for AviationPros, the LeClairRyan aviation attorney described how the latest trials by the FAA meant the US was heading in the right direction. He said: "Integrating UAS into national airspace may not rank next to the moonshot in the annals of human achievement. However, it is similar in at least one
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Drone has near-miss with commercial jet filled with passengers

The UK Airprox board has confirmed a drone's near-miss with a commercial plane containing 240 passengers. Flying out of Robin Hood Airport in Doncaster, the plane had reached a three-mile high altitude but only missed the drone by around 100ft. At 15,500ft in the sky, the close collision with the Airbus A321 happened 40 times higher than the legal flying height for a drone in the UK. The incident occurred at the highest ever recorded altitude for a near-miss between a drone and an aircraft in UK airspace. The report by the UK Airprox Board said the pilot saw a
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Department for Transport sees ‘flying taxi’ drones as possibility in near future

The Department for Transport (DfT) has identified the growing market behind drone technology as a possible step to flying taxis in the near future. In its latest report, the DfT highlighted how ‘drones offer vast opportunities in service industries and air taxis.’ However, despite the optimism for the drone industry surrounding the findings, the report went on to describe how the current aviation scene in the UK needed to be looked at more closely first. The report states: “One of the greatest challenges is operating alongside aircraft and beyond visual line of sight so there is a need to carry
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BVLOS operations in the UK opens its doors

The Beyond Visual Line of Site in the UK conference has opened its doors this morning for a two-day event. The London-based conference is hoping to bring a range of operators, users, providers and regulators together to gain a deeper insight into BVLOS. Operators will explain how they safely operate BVLOS while users will describe the business behind the approach. Providers are set to use the conference to assess new capabilities which can mitigate the current constraints in the industry. Additionally, regulators and legislators are hoping to provide background to proposed regulatory developments. Currently, the UK CAA oversees BVLOS operations,
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Home Office targets drone misuse as part of public consultation

The Home Office is meeting to consult on proposals to give police greater powers to stop and search people over the misuse of drones. The consultation identified critical national infrastructure, sensitive sites, defence establishments, large-scale events and crowded public places as locations which face a potential threat of criminal or hostile drone activity. The report outlined how the number of incidents of drones coming close to manned aircraft rose to 93 in 2017, a statistic the consultation felt could cause ‘catastrophic consequences’. The number has risen from zero just five years ago. An increase in the use of drones to
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