Professional operator calls for watchful eye over reckless users

Following the Government and the Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) announcement of new regulations coming into force next year, a UK-based drone training academy has voiced its support for the proposed changes.

It was revealed last month that the Government is clamping down on nationwide use of unmanned aerial vehicles, both commercial and consumer systems, by devolving more power to police officers to address unsafe flying.

UAVAir, which boasts 40 years of experience within the aviation sector, hopes the upcoming registration system is managed appropriately to ensure there is enforcement of the regulations for those who continue to fly ‘recklessly, negligently and contrary to the very simple guidance that the CAA promotes’.

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While the pilot training firm supports the notion of implementing regulations that ensure safe operation of UAVs, it also hopes that pilots who are already operating within the guidelines are able to continue without noticeable impact.

A spokesperson for the company said: “We hope both the model flyer community and over 4,000 responsible commercial drone operators don’t become needlessly burdened by more red-tape if the small minority of rogue consumer pilots are still not held accountable for their actions due to a lack of resources.

“In general, this is a step in the right direction as all air users, whether they are recreational or commercial, need to demonstrate competence and be held accountable for their actions. Other recreational air users such as hang-gliders, skydivers, general aviation and model flying under the BMFA have long had schemes to ensure that they can enjoy the sky in a safe and sensible manner.

“In doing so, hopefully, it will allow the technology to proliferate collecting and creating actionable data for organisations who are looking towards business transformation.”

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