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Update for UK drone code

28th Nov 16 11:24 am

Would you buy a drone?

The UK’s drone code has been updated so that pilots of the unmanned tech ensure they are flying the drones safely.

The update is to raise awareness to young people who may get a drone as a gift, The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said.

New research carried out by the CAA found that 39 per cent of owners know about the safe-flying regulations.

This new update comes after four near misses between drones and civil aircraft in October.

Andrew Sage from air traffic control body NATS said in a statement: “Drones are an incredible, inspiring technology but it’s vital that people are using them safely,”

“With the number of reported drone incidents on the rise, it’s important that people understand their legal obligations and fly safe,”

The new codes have been made into a mnemonic which spells out the word drone, this is to help people remember the safety regulations more easily.

D- Don’t fly near airports or airfields

R- Remember to stay below 120m (400ft) and at least 50m (150ft) away from people.

O- Observe your drone at all times

N- Never fly near aircraft

E- Enjoy responsibly

The CAA and NATS are also working together with retailers and online to make sure customers know of the responsibilities needed when buying a drone.

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