The United Kingdom, after several near misses involving drones and other aircrafts, have tightened their regulations considerably. Airports may have 5-kilometer bans starting this year, instead of the normal 1-kilometer limit. Heavier fines and tougher punishments are also expected to happen for caught drone owners.
Night Flying and Crowd Surfing
In the United States, however, drone regulations may become a bit lighter. Proposals suggest easing up on established regulations. These specifically mention being able to fly at night and drone use over crowded areas. Safety regulations are of course, a priority when it comes to drones. This is especially the case since now, drones are more popular (and affordable) than ever.
Because of these changes in regulations, we may see a change in holiday events as well. One notable recent event involved Times Square in New York City during the New Year. Their annual celebration prohibited drone use from the spectators, and had an official drone for the footage capturing. Removing the two regulations mentioned above can change the landscape of nighttime celebrations. New Year’s Eve for example may become a bit more chaotic, with more drones flying overhead.
A Change worth Seeing
Seeing as how drone deliveries may soon be more common in first world countries, this is to be expected. The changes made in regulations complement the idea of drones buzzing around for deliveries 24/7. This however, does require a more responsible drone ownership from everyone involved. One incident, one issue, or one mistake can turn the entire opinion around these regulations. A responsible owner must always be on the lookout for any potential danger. These can come from other on-air obstacles, buildings, and the people below.
Any injury, incident, or threat created by drones violating the above rules may hurt the progress drones have achieved. What will you do when drones start becoming more and more common in the nighttime skies?