Frequent drone flyers beware. The growing trend worldwide seems to revolve around the ban limit when it comes to drones and airports. It seems, as an added precaution due to the many near misses involving drones and planes, stricter regulations need to take effect. The previous rule of a 1-kilometer ban may soon increase in size as we head to the 2020s. In Britain for example, several high-risk airports have already proposed an increase. Now, they want 3-kilometer and even 5-kilometer bans to prevent any drone incidents.
Increase in Limit
All over the world, proposals of similar restrictions are taking effect. In Ireland, at the Aberdeen International Airport for example, the 5-kilometer bans may soon take effect. The theory is, if the area of effect increases, incidents involving descending planes nearly colliding with drones might lessen. Of course, if these drones were following regulations, they would not be anywhere close to a plane flying. There is a 400 feet restriction for all civilian drones. This is to prevent any of these mishaps, as well as provide aircrafts some space to maneuver. However, these drone incidents involve owners who do not abide with the said regulations. Now, you may ask, if they do not follow regulations in general, would these new restrictions do anything?
Airport – Drone Regulations
A more effective solution passed around involves drone tags and registration. Here, owners who buy new drones, as well as previous owners, register their identity with their drones. This method adds a lot more accountability on the part of the owner. In the recent airport incidents, the drone is seen, but the owner is never caught. It is a pattern in most of these aircraft incidents, where police authorities arrive at the scene only to find that the person responsible was long gone. Will these new adjustments work?