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Why UK Near-Miss Statistics Don’t Tell The Whole Story

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Not as catchy as the recent headline of the Press Association analysis of data from the UK Airport Board, the body responsible for collating and assessing near miss incidents between aircraft in UK airspace.

The headline, understandably, is that reports of near misses between drones and manned aircraft have tripled in the last three years,  which is very worrying but this article from Dronelife looks at the numbers in more depth and concludes with the UK Government’s Drone Bill expected in the coming weeks, realism is required more than ever.

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New powers for police to address illegal and unsafe use of drones

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Police are set to be given powers to prevent the unsafe or criminal use of drones as part of a new package of legislation.

The draft Drone Bill, which will be published next spring, will give officers the right to order operators to ground drones where necessary. Officers will also be able to seize drone parts to prove it has been used to commit an offence.

New measures will also make it mandatory for drone owners to register to improve accountability. And drone operators will be required to use apps – so they can access the information needed to make sure any planned flight can be made safely and legally.

Banning all drones from flying above 400 feet or near airports could also form part of the new regulations.

For more on this story visit Gov UK site

US to allow first commercial drone flights over land

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Well Drones seem to move forward again.  The US FAA has allowed BP to utilise drones to help them perform running checks on their extensive oil pipeline infrastructure across Alaska.  Considering the massive adverse publicity BP received a few years ago from oil leaks in these pipes – and the probably massive costs of running regular helicopter surveillance – this may well make for a pragmatic solution balancing cost of prevention with early warning.

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