Legislation

Associations would fight ‘tooth and nail’ against increased drone fees, BFMA statement reads

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The British Model Flyers Association (BFMA) has released a statement promising to fight any future fee increases as part of the Drone Registration and Education Scheme (DRES) due to be implemented as of November 30th, 2019. Since the scheme was announced 2 years ago, the original proposed fee of £16.50 was lowered to £9.00, following pressure from the BFMA and other groups. The statement by BFMA chairman, Ian Pallister, reads: “There has been speculation amongst some members that the £9 fee could increase significantly in future years if the number of registrations falls well short of Government predictions. There is
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Government to ‘modernise’ airspace improving drone use

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The UK government has set out its plan to modernise airspace to make the use of drone technology safer. The Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Bill set out by the government will provide the Transport Secretary with new powers to force airports to modernise their airspace. Alongside providing police further powers to reduce illegal drone use, the new bill will attempt to improve the integration of drones into current air traffic. The government sees the new bill as an instrumental step in its attempts to ensure that professional drone operators, business and emergency services can harness the benefits of
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West Sussex county council’s £36k drone never flown

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A £36,000 drone owned by West Sussex county council has yet to be used despite being bought 18 months ago. The drone was purchased for £20,850 for use in surveying as well as to assist the local fire service. In addition to the cost of the drone unit itself, West Sussex county council also paid out £12,353 for staff training as well as £2,753 on insurance. A council spokesman said: “We acknowledge there has been a delay in using the drone. “We have faced a number of difficulties, mainly around licensing, and as a result we are reviewing its future
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FAA approves first flight beyond-line-of-sight

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The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved the first drone flight beyond-the-line-of-sight, taking a huge leap towards the further integration of drones into everyday life. Last Friday, the FAA tested a drone flight with the University of Alaska Fairbanks over an oil pipeline to perform BVLOS, using a hybrid electric drone to inspect a four-mile section of the Trans-alska pipeline, according to reports. The team loaded the drone with an on-board technology by Iris Automation called the Casia system, a sense-and-avoid technology that can detect other aircraft and make decisions on what kind of threat they pose. The Casia
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