Owners of drones in the UK will have to take safety exams in the future. This requirement is contained in the new rules for the flight of drones, which are currently being developed by the British government. According to a report on the website of the British government, the bill will be promulgated in the spring of 2018. In the same year, the new rules can enter into force.
At present, the so-called "drones code" operates in the UK. This is a set of rules for flying drones, according to which British operators are required to register and license vehicles weighing more than 20 kilograms. Drones must fly in the line of sight of the operator at a height of not more than 120 meters.
Private drones with cameras can not fly to people, buildings and cars at a distance of more than 50 meters. In addition, flights within a radius of 150 meters from congestion of people and places of mass events are prohibited. Finally, drones can not fly near airports and heliports.
New amendments, prepared by the UK government, will tighten the current rules. In particular, it will be mandatory to register drones weighing more than 250 grams. Thus, under this requirement, the vast majority of drones in free sale will fall. To register the dron after the purchase, the owner must first pass an examination for knowledge of safe flight rules.
The new document also notes that although the "drones code" is currently operating in the UK, it is practically not executed, and therefore operators often violate the requirements of these rules. In the new rules developed by the British government, the police will have the right to confiscate details of drones or devices entirely without special judicial permission.
According to the preliminary version of the rules, the police will be able to confiscate the drones, if they violate the boundaries of the closed zone, fly close to the airport or fly into the prison. After confiscation, the drone can be used as evidence of a violation of the law.
According to the British research organization UK Airprox Board, in 2016 in Britain, 71 cases of dangerous rapprochement of passenger aircraft with drones were recorded. A dangerous rapprochement in aviation is the rapprochement of an aircraft with another aircraft at a distance of less than 150 meters.
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