‘Share the air’ drone user event

Pilot - - PILOT NOTES -

The CAA is run­ning a free drone safety event at Comp­ton Ab­bas air­field on 11 Novem­ber, aim­ing to give drone users and GA en­thu­si­asts the chance to learn from one an­other and pro­mote safe fly­ing for all. Di­rected at south coast and south-west drone users, at­ten­dees will find out about fly­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in their lo­cal area, and re­ceive tips on how they can use their drones re­spon­si­bly, ‘en­abling them to ex­pand their love of fly­ing’. Pre-reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired at http://drone­safe.uk/ comp­ton/

The event starts at 10.30 with pre­sen­ta­tions from the CAA, Comp­ton Ab­bas air­field and The Phantom Flight School. Ex­perts from these and other or­gan­i­sa­tions such as drone man­u­fac­turer Yuneec, drone dis­trib­u­tor Uav­i­sion, VR spe­cial­ist V-mach Me­dia, and air traf­fic con­trol body NATS will then be on hand all day to help with ques­tions or ad­vice. Free re­fresh­ments will be avail­able.

The event forms part of the CAA’S ‘Drone­safe’ ed­u­ca­tion cam­paign, pro­mot­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween drone users and the GA com­mu­nity, en­abling both par­ties to share airspace re­spon­si­bly. Jonathan Nicholson, the CAA’S As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions com­mented: “We’ve seen a huge spike in drone own­er­ship across the coun­try. By en­list­ing the help of the GA com­mu­nity, drone en­thu­si­asts have a fan­tas­tic chance to be wel­comed into the fold of fly­ing, whilst si­mul­ta­ne­ously learn­ing more about the en­vi­ron­ment they op­er­ate in. It might even in­spire them to fol­low in the foot­steps of the pi­lots they will be speak­ing to.”

The CAA’S Dronecode is avail­able to down­load at www.drone­safe.uk and en­com­passes a sim­ple set of rules around safe and re­spon­si­ble use:

Don’t fly near air­ports or air­fields

Re­mem­ber to stay be­low 400ft (120m) and at least 150ft (50m) away from build­ings and peo­ple Ob­serve your drone at all times Never fly near air­craft En­joy your drone re­spon­si­bly

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