Drones will have to be registered and their users will have to sit safety awareness tests under new rules to better regulate their growing use, the Government announced today.
Owners of drones weighing 250g and over will in future have to register details of their drones to improve accountability and encourage owners to act responsibly.
Users may be able to register their drones online or through apps, under plans being explored by the Government. The move follows safety research that concluded drones could damage the windscreens of helicopters.
The Government worked with the Civil Aviation Authority to develop a new drone code launched last year which has six key principles:
- Always keep your drone in sight
- Stay below 400ft (120m) to comply with the drone code
- Every time you fly your drone you must follow the manufacturer’s instructions
- Keep the right distance from people and property
- You are responsible for each flight
- Stay well away from aircraft, airports and airfields