Drones banned from European Athletic Championships

IAAF World U20 Championships – Day 3

Unmanned aerial vehicles have been placed on the no entry list for the European Athletic Championships in a bid to protect safety and security.

Ahead of the world-famous sporting event, set to take place in various venues across Glasgow from August 1 to 12, NATS has confirmed restricted areas.

No-fly areas, specifically implemented for drone users, have been established at selected locations in Glasgow and other locations in Scotland where certain European Athletic Championship 2018 events are taking place.

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The Secretary of State for Transport has decided that it is necessary, on the grounds of safety and security, to introduce restriction of flying regulations under Article 239 of the Air Navigation Order 2016 to restrict the operation of all types of unmanned aircraft.

With a rise of civilian and commercial activity, the industry has called for drone detection systems at high-profile sporting events, music festivals and other events this summer.

Drone detection facilities allow law enforcement agencies to track potential drone’s unique ‘licence plates’.

Drones and their pilots can also be located and key data provided with the aim of preventing drone accidents.

Managing director and founder of Coptrz, Steve Coulson, believes that systems like this will be “particularly prominent over the summer with festivals needing to be protected”, he told a local newspaper.

He told Coventry Live: “It’s fantastic that this technology is now available for law enforcement agencies.

“With the amount of people that gather at festivals being in there 10s of thousands and the rapid rise of the drone industry, it is key for law enforcement agencies to have drone detection systems as part of their arsenal.”

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