The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has issued a warning to British aviators that there could be as many as 1.5m drones entering UK airspace in coming weeks.
Research from the CAA, as part of its DroneSafe campaign, has revealed that drones are one of this year’s most popular Christmas presents, with 63% of drones bought in recent weeks set to be given as a gift. Due to the raft of consumer UAVs expected to enter the airspace in the coming weeks, the regulating body has urged commercial users to be aware of the added risk.
Jonathan Nicholson, assistant director of communications at the CAA, commented: “Drones are the latest ‘must-have’ technology, and while the spike in purchases is good news for both the industry and retailers, we must ensure that users are properly educated on responsible flying.
“Ensuring that consumers are able to use their drones safely and legally is critical, and so far, our work with retailers has been invaluable in ensuring that drone-buyers get a copy of the Dronecode and are able to access all the information they need.”
The announcement comes after the Government announced its plans to introduce a more rigid set of regulations of commercial and consumer UAV users.
The measures, which were devised by the Department for Transport, theCAA, Innovate UK, and Baroness Sugg, are designed to place the UK at the forefront of the fast-growing drone industry.
Proposed changes would see the UK’s police force obtain a wider remit to deal with aviators breaching national drone regulations.