Drones or Unmanned Ariel Vehicles(UAVs) are pretty cool devices but as much as it is a fun device to have drones can be very dangerous if safety precautions are ignored. The fascination with drones is tat it allows the flyer to an capture aerial view of his or her surroundings.
Since the introduction of recreational drones there has been a number of reported cased of drone accidents or near misses with commercial aircrafts.
In the United States, or example it is illegal to fly drones within five miles of an airport or fly at altitudes in excess of feet
It is for these reasons that countries are now beginning to make it mandatory that drone owners register drones. The British Airline Pilots Association [BAPA} have shown that even a small drone [250g in weight] could break a helicopter’s rotors and that bigger drones can shatter an aircraft windscreen. Mid air collisions of aircrafts and drones is a real concern that can have devastating consequences. According to BAPA General secretary, Brian Strutton, pilots “have been warning about the rise in the number of cases of drones being flown irresponsibly close to aircraft and airports for some time.”
Following the UK decisions regarding mandatory registration of drones and the designation of drone restricted zone the Government of Canada has seen it necessary to put forward regulatory regulatory proposal in an effort to “mitigate potential safety risks posed by Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to manned aviation and to people and property on the ground”. Additionally, Transport Canada proposal cites additional benefits such as:
- Improving regulatory predictability in order to foster a stable yet agile regulatory environment for UAS industry development;
- Reducing administrative burden on UAS businesses; and
- Increasing Transport Canada’s ability to meet its service standard for traditional aviation activities and surveillance capability.
In the United Arab Emirates recently introduced a drone registration imported drones are checked for the presence of serial numbers and are fitted with geo-fencing devices. By September 2017, drone registration in the UAE will be mandatory.
Registration systems and geo-fence tagging allow regulation bodies and authorities to better track the owners of drones which breach or violate restricted areas or airspaces.
Such policies are not without it criticisms with DJI’s ,Brendan Schulman , Vice President of Policy and Legal Affairs. that Canada’s policy to designate residential area as drone restricted “overlook the benefits drones can provide to cities and will result in millions of Canadians not having the opportunity to realise the full potential of this emerging technology”.
Countries are moving towards the regulation of drones and such decisions have implications for drone filming, businesses using drones to automate some processes of the business [such as businesses engaged delivery services] and recreational drone users.
Another concern for many states is the threats posed by using drones to smuggle, traffic drugs and other narcotics or engage in stalking. Given these concerns the UK government have plans to expand the use of geo-fencing technology in a bid to detect technique that stops drones from entering restricted zones such as prisons and airports.
Further, concerns have been raised about drone surveillance wilfully or un-wilfully infringes of rights to privacy. Consequently, people are beginning to agitate for the reform of law to deal with matters pertaining to infringements on private space.
The onus therefore is on owners to take measures to ensure that they are familiar with local rules and regulations that guide the flying of drones. Simple activities such as ensuring that your drone has full battery power or that the propers are placed on securely can minimise the chance of accidents that leads to damage of property, injury to humans and loss of life.
Additionally, common suggest that one should not fly near airports, highways, sea ports and places densely populated with high voltage electrical wires and poles.
Remember safety is important So play it says, obey rules and you will not end up in trouble with the law.
And just in case the dangers of drone flying has bot resonated with you, take a few minutes and have a look at this video:
Happy drone flying.