A Moray, Scotland group of model aeroplane enthusiasts has fought back against restrictive and expensive drone regulations that would have impacted the hobbyists.
The new government legislation allows the police greater rights in dealing with unsafe or illegal drone activities, though craft like model aeroplanes were to be included in the new law.
The group contacted its local MP, who took the matter to the CAA and the government. After that action, the new Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Bill will now take into account the worries of the hobbyists, who say it would make their pastime too expensive and restricted.
Moray MP Douglas Ross told local newspaper Northern Scot: “I’m pleased to see their fears about over-legislating have not been realised and the new procedures put in place have, in fact, met with approval by them and others who legally operate drones for purely recreational purposes and already abide by safe practices.
“They were worried the new legislation had been proposed solely on the back of high-profile incidents involving drones like the one that shut down Gatwick Airport and didn’t reflect the use by recreational club members operating them safely and legally.
“There is now general agreement that enhancing police powers to deal with illegal and unsafe use of drones is in everyone’s best interests and I’m pleased the measures introduced took account of the local concerns that had been raised with me.”