Geo-fencing to safeguard UK Airports

Karen Dee, CEO, Airport Operators Association (AOA), has expressed her delight about new laws introduced on Wednesday 30 May, that will restrict all drones from flying above 400ft and within 1km of airport boundaries in the UK.

“Drones are a great new technology that are expected to bring many benefits to aviation and the UK as a whole,” she confessed, but to achieve these benefits, “we must ensure drones are operated safely and pose no risk to aviation,” she added.

Explaining how AOA are partners in the Drone Code, Dee enthused that the new laws are a “step in the right direction” and she also offered AOA’s support in educating the public on these new rules.

“An important way to ensure people do not inadvertently break the law is through introducing mandatory geo-fencing technology as soon as possible. This would safeguard critical airspace around airports from accidental drone incursions. We believe this is the most effective way to ensure that unsafe drone use does not have major consequences.”



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