UK considers 5km drone exclusion zone around airports

Ministers are considering the introduction of a 5km drone exclusion zone around commercial airports as they seek to tighten rules governing the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in the wake of the Gatwick disruption at Christmas.

The government will issue a response to a consultation on drones before the end of February and is set to publish a draft bill on the issue by May, almost a year after it was originally promised.

One proposal being studied is from Balpa, the pilots’ union, which wants the current 1km exclusion zone around airports, brought in last July, to be extended to 5km in order to keep drones “well away from other aircraft” …

Financial Times | Jan. 4, 2019

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