New research from the BBC shows that the number of new-misses in the UK skies has increased by 60% in the last five years. The most serious incidents, classed as Category A airproxes, more than doubles between 2013 and 2017. Half of these Category A near-misses, unfortunately, involved drones.
UK Stories September 10
UK Stories July 30
Drone incidents have been on the rise for the last three years in the UK, ultimately resulting in new drone rules coming into effect today. The new UK laws will prohibit drone from being flown over 400 feet and within one kilometer (0.62 miles) of official airport boundaries. Other new rules, that would prohibit kids from flying drones weighing more than 250 grams without an adult, are still being worked on and may come into effect later. The new rules aim to improve aviation safety in the UK.
UK Stories July 3
A couple of days ago, drone enthusiast David Eighteen took his Yuneec Typhoon H (not the Plus) to the waterfront of the River Medway and sort of stumbled upon this almost 100-year-old U-boat while flying his drone. David’s hi-res aerial photos and some additional research into this shipwreck make for a very interesting story and it is a great example of how drones can open up a new world that otherwise may go unnoticed.
UK Stories June 28
A drone flying above Saddleworth Moor in North West England captured a devastating fire that caused more than 50 families to evacuate their homes. The destruction currently spans over 7 square miles (18km) with the active blaze only stretching 2.5 miles (4km). It was originally under control as of Monday but reignited on Thursday due to the high winds. expand full story
UK Stories June 11
Earlier today SenSat, the UK’s largest drone data provider, broke the country’s record for the longest beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) drone flight as their fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicle flew more than 7.5 miles (12km’s) over land. The UK’s Civilian Aviation Authority (CAA) had created a temporary danger zone, which is an airspace that other aircraft are not allowed to enter, to safely conduct this record-breaking test.
UK Stories May 30
UK drone pilots have been expecting new laws for some time now and today was the day that the British government presented new laws in Parliament. However, it is was not the long-awaited Drones Bill that many of us had expected.