Drones in the UK will have to meet new safety regulations
Drone users in the UK will soon have to take a safety awareness course in order to prove that they are responsible enough to pilot drones under new government regulations.
Owners of drones weighing more than 250 grammes will have to register their details and prove that they understand privacy and safety laws in order to be granted permission to fly drones.
The new safety rules will aim to prevent the numerous cases of near-misses between drones and aircraft, as pilots of commercial flights reported numerous Category A incidents involving drones or UAVs this year.
In one such incident, a custom-made drone flew "within the wingspan" of a plane approaching Heathrow Airport for landing.
Studies have shown that a 400g drone could cause massive damage to helicopters and aircraft, with Brian Strutton of the pilots' union Balpa saying: "Readily available drones can shatter or go straight through an aircraft windshield or shatter a helicopter rotor."
"Such incidents would have catastrophic consequences and pilots have been warning about irresponsibly-flown drones flying too close to aircraft."
Drones currently are restricted by no-fly zones such as prisons and some residential areas, with airports also geo-fenced to prevent the UAVs entering the airspace of aircraft taking off and landing.
Searching for the Top 100 Leaders in Technology
The search is on for the Top 100 Leaders in Technology 2021 – nominated by readers of Technology magazine and open to all.
The initiative has been launched and nominations are now open, with the final, prestigious Top 100 due to be announced during Technology and AI LIVE running 14-16 September, beamed from London to the world.
This latest, definitive list of the leading executives and influencers in the industry will be announced at the event and shared across social media channels, this website, and presented in a special supplement that honours all of those named in our annual list.
The Top 100 Leaders follows on from the well-received Top 100 Women in Technology that BizClik Media Group (BMG) – publishers of Technology magazine, AI magazine and a growing portfolio of industry-leading titles – produced in March this year to coincide with International Women’s Day.
“The Top 100 Women recognised the incredible and influential women driving our industry,” says Scott Birch, editorial director, BMG. “The success of that initiative encouraged us to recognise the Top 100 Leaders – individuals championing everything that we love about technology and embracing best practice that’s good for business.”
Nominations are already coming in, with some notable highlights including:
Rhonda Vetere - Herbalife
Bryan Smith - Expedient
Nominate your Top 100 Leader HERE
The deadline for nominations closes on Sunday 1 August 2021, and it is free to nominate. The Top 100 Leaders will be announced across our platforms and at the LIVE event.