Drones that weigh over 250g need to be reg­is­tered

The Corkman - - NEWS - MARIA HER­LIHY

ANY­ONE who re­ceived a drone as a gift over the fes­tive sea­son must now reg­is­ter it un­der new laws.

So far, more than 11,000 drones have been reg­is­tered in this coun­try – which is up from over 8,500 in De­cem­ber 2017. New laws re­quire own­ers of drones that weight more than 250 grams to reg­is­ter the de­vice – pre­vi­ously, it was only drones over 1kg that had to be reg­is­tered.

For the first time ever, Europe-wide rules for the reg­is­tra­tion and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of drones have been agreed. Ac­cord­ing to the Ir­ish Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity, there are 11,197 drones on the reg­is­ter in Ire­land, up from 8,502 in De­cem­ber 2017.

Drones should be used safely and re­spon­si­bly, ac­cord­ing to Ire­land South MEP, Deirdre Clune, who said peo­ple who own and op­er­ate drones have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure they are used in a care­ful man­ner.

She said: “Many peo­ple will have got­ten drones as Christ­mas pre­sents this year and will be per­haps look­ing to pur­chase them in the Jan­uary sales.

“With an ex­po­nen­tial year-on-year growth of drone-re­lated in­ci­dents it is quite clear that drones will be a ma­jor safety chal­lenge in the years to come. We should never for­get that drones can do harm to peo­ple, they are a sig­nif­i­cant se­cu­rity threat and a risk to air­craft.”

“There were a lot of re­ports in re­la­tion to the mis­use of drones last year, with emer­gency ser­vices even been forced to stand down op­er­a­tions. This was par­tic­u­larly ev­i­dent at Gatwick Air­port just be­fore Christ­mas, and Heathrow Air­port this week. Cork Air­port was also af­fected when they were forced to halt flights due to drones in the sky.

“More peo­ple than ever be­fore are us­ing drones in Ire­land and the op­er­a­tors need to be aware of their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties when they are op­er­at­ing them” she said.

Drones are con­sid­ered to be un­manned air­craft which are re­motely pi­loted or con­trolled and now drone reg­is­tra­tion is manda­tory in Ire­land.

MEP Clune added: “Drones are a sec­tor of avi­a­tion that is fast de­vel­op­ing and of­fers great po­ten­tial to pro­duce new jobs and growth. The in­creased use of drones does how­ever brings up a range of le­gal and com­mer­cial is­sues, in­clud­ing pub­lic safety.”

Peo­ple have reg­is­tered over 11,000 drones in Ire­land.

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