UK Government Suggest Mandatory Registration Proposal For Drones

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The announcement today, as featured by the BBC, that a new safety test is likely to be imposed for all types of drone users has sent shockwaves across the industry. Steve Coulson, director of Coptrz, provides expert comment and agreement with the proposed plans.

Steve Coulson, Director at Coptrz

We welcome the announcement of the new proposed safety test. This creates clarity and benchmarks safety and responsibility of all users.

The announcement that a new safety test is likely to be imposed for all types of drone users has sent shockwaves across the industry. With those companies who cater mainly to the consumer market beating the war drums that this is bad for the future of the industry, Coptrz takes a different stand.

Our view is that this is a good thing for the industry and it will raise standards and protect the jobs of commercial UAV pilots.

Coptrz take hundreds of pilots through a CAA PfCO course, for which the drone pilots pay a significant amount of hard earned money to achieve.

The earning potential can be severely damaged by irresponsible (or worse) ‘consumers’ who cause an incident that hits the headlines. This can turn off potential clients from utilising drones for fear of bad publicity.

Drone (UAV) use is now widespread in the past few years, with drones available in the high street often without specialist advise.

The government has stated that drones have huge economic potential and are already being used from the emergency services and to energy and transport firms.

Lord Ahmad representing governments Department for Transport supports registration and safety.

Lord Ahmad (when speaking to the BBC), commented the vast majority of drone users were law-abiding, “some are not aware of the rules or choose to break them putting public safety, privacy and security at risk”.

“While the vast majority of drone users are law-abiding and have good intentions, some operators are not aware of the rules, or choose to break them, putting public safety, privacy and security at risk.”

When using a drone for commercial activities a person has to register with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and as a National Qualified Entity (NQE) with the CAA, COPTRZ applaud the move towards further regulation to protect the commercial drone industry for the future. Uneducated and irresponsible people could damage the earning potential of commercial drone professionals, so Coptrz encourage this move.

The new rules will apply to any drone weighing over 250g so this is going to capture more or less every toy drone out there bigger than your hand.

Coptrz director, Steve Coulson, comments “Coptrz welcome the announcement of the new proposed safety test. This creates clarity and benchmarks safety and responsibility of all users.”

Coptrz would recommend all consumers refer to the CAA’s dronesafe website.

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