Proposed regulations ground children from taking flight with UAVs


Children face being banned from operating a vast selection of drones under a new drone bill.

According to the BBC, the Department for Transport has released a new proposal to prevent young children flying UAVs weighing more than 250g.

The proposed changes, which are reportedly designed to crack down on near-collisions with manned aircrafts, could form part of a draft drone bill if approved.

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A consultation on the proposals is now underway, with the bill due to be published later this year.

According to the news agency, Aviation Minister Baroness Sugg said that “there are challenges we must overcome” in order to allow the industry to grow, rather than be hindered by nuisance pilots.

“That’s why we’ve already introduced safety measures like a height limit, and rules around airports, and today we are consulting on how we go further, including extra police powers and a minimum age requirement,” she added.

At the end of May, the Government published an amendment to the UK Air Navigation Order 2016 (ANO) which contains its changes to the legislation regarding the operation of small unmanned aircraft.

New rules, which were announced on May 30, restrict drones from flying above 400 feet and within 1km of airport boundaries.

The laws will come into force on 30 July and will require owners of drones weighing 250g or more to register with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and for drone pilots to take an online safety test to ensure the UK’s skies are safe from irresponsible flyers. These requirements will come into force on 30 November 2019.

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