The call from Steve Landells, the British Airline Pilots Association’s (BALPA) flight safety specialist, comes as new figures show there has been an increasing number of near-misses involving drones and aircraft.
Incidents on the rise
Well over half of these have been reported in the last year, with 15 during the first four months of 2016 alone.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), meanwhile, says there have been 16 incidents involving a serious risk of collision between a drone and a plane overall.
BALPA fears that unless improved safety regulations are introduced there could be a collision between a drone and an aircraft, something that could cause a catastrophic accident.
Collision risk ‘unacceptably high’
Mr Landells says urgent action is needed to prevent an “unacceptably high” risk of collision.
Users are advised to get a landowner’s permission before flying their devices and to consult CAA regulations.
They say that drones must not be flown higher than 122 metres and should remain within sight of the user at all times. Devices with on-board cameras, meanwhile, are not allowed to be flown within 50 metres of buildings, people or vehicles or over large gatherings.
Earlier this month the Government announced its proposed Modern Transport Bill would include new regulations related to drones.
Source: i News
Date Published: June 10, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown