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

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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West Sussex county council’s £36k drone never flown

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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CAA appoints new director of safety and airspace regulation

The UK CAA has appointed Rob Bishton as its new group director of safety and airspace regulation. It follows a global recruitment process, including both internal and external candidates. The regulator detailed how Bishton has been at the CAA since 2014 and is currently head of flight operations and a member of the Safety and Airspace Regulation’s senior leadership team. His experience includes being former operations director at Fastjet and as a commercial pilot with over 10,000 flying hours. He will take up his new post on November 6 and will assume accountability for all the CAA's safety and airspace
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