New drone laws come into effect today as public demands safer flying

The UK Government has enacted legislation to help achieve safer flying across the country as drone usage continues to rise across the nation.

The new laws, which will restrict drones from flying above 400 feet or within one kilometre of airport boundaries, come into effect today, 30 July 2018.

These changes have been met with approval by UK citizens, with new research published today from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) finding that 77% felt that more drone regulation was needed. This was even echoed by the drone community themselves, with 75% in agreement.

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The CAA commented that safety was the clear priority among the over 2,000 UK adults and 350 UK drone users questioned by the study.
It revealed that 93% of the public and 96% of drone users calling it ‘vital’ that drone flyers adhere to the rules and guidelines of the CAA’s Dronecode.

Jonathan Nicholson, assistant director at the UK CAA, commented: “As recreational drone use becomes increasingly widespread across the UK it is heartening to see that awareness of the Dronecode has also continued to rise – a clear sign that most drone users take their responsibility seriously and are a credit to the community.

“Drones are here to stay, not only as a recreational pastime, but as a vital tool in many industries – from agriculture to blue-light services – so increasing public trust through safe drone flying is crucial.”

The research also found that mobile apps, providing information on airspace and safety alerts, are quickly becoming a must have, with drone users citing them as crucial for regulating the sector and providing a platform for future communication and safety campaigns.

Almost half of drone users (45%) use a drone-related app to help them fly more safely. Of those who don’t use a drone app, 73% said they will in the future while 43% stated that apps such as NATS Drone Assist and Airmap have the benefit of providing drone users with accurate airspace information.

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