Irresponsible drone flying
Reference Mark Streatfield’s letter (April) concerning inappropriate use of a drone at Rougham Airfield, it doesn’t surprise me that the police do not want to be involved in this issue as they probably have enough to do without worrying about policing the skies too. Surely the answer is to pass this on to the CAA, as on the face of it this is a clear breach of the terms of the Air Navigation Order (Art 94) and the video in question would provide excellent prima facie evidence in any prosecution.
On the wider issue of drone use, the British Model Flying Association has for years operated an achievement scheme to ensure safety within that sport and to minimise the risks to third parties. Further, they provide insurance for all members covering third party risks. Maybe the time has come to make it mandatory for all drone users to undergo training (not just commercial operators as at present), have insurance and also ensure that all new purchasers’ details are passed on to the CAA so that they can properly police this thorny issue. Yes it will cost money to run such a scheme but that could be recouped to a significant degree by the licensing process. Legislation is needed to cover the sale and legal use of drones before someone gets seriously hurt or worse by such irresponsible behaviour. Bob Kemp by email