LI­CENCE TO FLY PLANS TO MAKE DRONE OWN­ERS TAKE A TEST

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DRONE own­ers in the UK may soon have to take a ‘fly­ing test’ un­der new rules planned by the Gov­ern­ment.

The safety aware­ness test comes af­ter an in­crease in the num­ber of near misses be­tween drones and air­craft over the last year.

New rules may also mean that drones weigh­ing more than 250g would be banned from fly­ing near air­ports or above 122m high. Po­lice would also be able to ground drones that were be­ing used for il­le­gal rea­sons.

The new bill is set to be de­bated in Par­lia­ment in spring 2018 and has been wel­comed by pi­lots.

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