The UK government has revealed plans to enforce registration and safety courses for owners of drones.
Our guide tells you all there is know about where you can and can't fly a drone in the United Kingdom, as well as shedding light on new requirements to register certain drones in the UK.
The rules will apply to both new and existing drones once they come into effect.
The government will implement a registration scheme and mandatory competency tests for all users of drones weighing 250 grams and above.
The government also plans to bring forward and expand the use of "geo-fencing" in the United Kingdom that acts like an invisible shield around buildings or sensitive areas. The technology could be built into drones, using their Global Positioning System coordinates to stop them flying into areas like airports and prisons once they hit a pre-defined boundary.
The government's decision has been based on the results of a research saying that the crash of a drone weighing above 400 grams with an aircraft may smash this latter's window, while a heavier drone (2kg and above) may damage windows of high-speed airplane.
An announcement from the Department of Transport, Civil Aviation Authority and Military Aviation Authority says that the new rules and regulation are created to improve use and accountability. "Increasingly, 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", said Aviation Minister Lord Callanan. Given that one needs to learn the rules of the road before driving, we suppose it makes sense that drone owners should also be aware of how to fly their drones safely.
In the longer term, the government plans to "create an authoritative source of United Kingdom airspace data" which would be used to prevent drones being operated in certain zones, such as around prisons, through the use of "geo-fencing" technology. ' They would also go hand-in-hand with extended geofencing, which requires manufacturers to hard-code selected locations into the firmware of their drones which the drone will then refuse to fly over - including, but not limited to, prisons and airports.