News Worms
News Worms

Drone licensing scheme to be launched

Drone licensing scheme to be launched

No details on implementation, or a timeline on when the new rules will be in force, were posted alongside the notice, so it remains unclear how long drone owners in the United Kingdom have before they will have to put their names on the list. Nor are there concrete details of how the rules will be enforced. The Government states that it is exploring options such as registration online or through apps.

The proposals, which follow findings that drones as light as 400 grams can damage helicopter windscreens, aim to "improve accountability and encourage owners to act responsibly".

There have been several stories of drone near misses in United Kingdom air space in recent years.

Those who endanger the safety of an aircraft through the use of drones could face a five-year prison sentence.

The government also announced plans to build geo-fencing technology into drones that will prevent them from entering certain airspace.

Drone maker DJI said it was in favour of the measures.

"Our measures prioritise protecting the public while maximising the full potential of drones", said Aviation Minister Lord Callanan.

Callanan said drones are "proving vital for inspecting transport infrastructure for fix or aiding police and fire services in search and rescue operations, even helping to save lives".

Using a 10 metre long compressed air gun, and real drones and drone parts, and various recreations of helicopter components and airliner cockpits, the test were done in a laboratory at the aviation research and testing facility at Farnborough, England.

In the USA, similar regulations were challenged by a model aircraft hobbyist in Washington DC earlier this year, and a court ruled the restrictions placed against him do not apply to non-commercial flyers. Take Amazon, for example; the company announced late previous year their first delivery via a drone, which coincidentally also took place in the U.K. That said, Amazon highlights that safety is their biggest priority.

The scheme will allow authorities to better track the owners of drones which breach restricted areas.

The study was unable to replicate some key factors in a drone collision with an airliner such as the effects of cabin pressurisation.

The government also said it will continue working with the Civil Aviation Authority to ensure the restrictions keep in mind the needs of UK-based businesses that utilise drones.


editors' picks

July 25, 2017
Big 3 German carmakers' shares slide amid allegations of industrial collusion
The software refit will also apply to Porsche and Volkswagen models equipped with the same engines. BMW Group vehicles are not handled and comply with the respective legal requirements.

July 25, 2017
The FirstGroup plc's (LON:FGP) Buy Rating Reiterated at Liberum Capital
The New York-based Clearbridge Invests Limited Co has invested 0% in Senior plc (LON:SNR). 143,158 were reported by Avenir. Finally, Shore Capital reaffirmed a "sell" rating on shares of AO World PLC in a report on Tuesday, July 18th.

July 25, 2017
Dying Light is Getting Another 12 Months of Free DLC
The content will include new special enemies, new events , new mysteries and much more as well. Dying Light is available now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

July 25, 2017
Andrew Luck Back Throwing, But Will Open Up Training Camp On PUP
Along with Luck, the Colts will open camp with defensive end Kendall Langford (knee) and guard Brian Schwenke (ankle) on PUP. The Colts won't have safety Clayton Geathers in the lineup for the first six weeks of the regular season.

July 25, 2017
Samsung May Introduce New 'Deep Blue' Color With The Galaxy Note 8
Additionally it is believed to have a dual-12MP primary camera, an improved S-Pen Stylus, and a large 3,300mAh battery cell. The front- facing selfie camera has a 5MP sensor which is not necessarily impressive but it isn't disappointing either.

July 25, 2017
Google releases last developer preview before Android O release
Google is ready to release Android O later this summer, which means we are nearly at the end of the development process. After this release, the next move for Google is to officially launch the still-unnamed Android O to supported devices.

July 25, 2017
At least 28 martyred in blast near Lahore's Ferozpur Road
The residence of Sharif, the brother of prime minister Nawaz Sharif , is located about 100 metres from the site. As per reports, an anti-encroachment drive was on in the area and riot police were deployed fro the goal .

July 25, 2017
Jordanians killed, 1 Israeli wounded at Israeli embassy
Jordan and Israel have a peace agreement and share security interests, but frequently disagree over policies at the shrine. Meanwhile, four Palestinians were killed in ongoing demonstrations against Israeli security forces Friday and Saturday.

July 24, 2017
Maduro: Venezuela congress going ahead despite 'imperial' threat
Foes accuse Mr Maduro of turning Venezuela into a dictatorship and wrecking what should be a prosperous economy. He later tweeted a video from hospital with a bandaged face, still clutching his violin.

July 24, 2017
Michelle Pfeiffer Joins 'Ant-Man' Sequel as Janet Van Dyne
Peyton Reed will return as the director, with star Paul Rudd and Gabriel Ferrari working on the script. The Marvel panel at San Diego Comic-Con ran late tonight, but it seems like it was worth the wait.