Ir­re­spon­si­ble drone fly­ing

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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

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