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New UK Drones Law punishes British Model Flying Community

By admin In UAV News

11

Mar
2019

New UK Drones Law punishes British Model Flying Community

A new set of regulations intended to tighten rules on drone operators is in danger of having a disproportionately negative effect on the model flying community, according to the British Model Flying Association (BMFA) and the All-Party Group on General Aviation (APPG-GA).

The broad thrust of changes to the Air Navigation Order which are supported by the APPG-GA, will see new restrictions imposed on small unmanned aircraft from the 13th of March. However, these include larger exclusion zones around airfields and an extension of rules to cover any unmanned aircraft regardless of mass.

David Phipps, Chief Executive of BMFA expressed the community’s concern by saying “Many long-established clubs have been operating from sites on and around airfields perfectly safely. At a stroke, this rushed new regulation threatens to sweep some of these long standing arrangements aside.

“We are already hearing reports that some airfields are reluctant to renew permissions due to a perceived increase in liability – this represents a real threat to the model flying community which has established an excellent safety record over almost 100 years.” 

The APPG-GA and the BMFA are working together to highlight the issue to Government and convince them to make appropriate changes.

Chair of the APPG-GA, Grant Shapps MP, said “It is important to recognise that both the model flying and drone community are supportive of this new regulation and in the context of recent events at Gatwick it makes perfect sense. However, we do think the lack of concessions for the tried and tested model flying club community is a serious omission which the Department for Transport needs to address urgently”.

The APPG-GA and the BMFA have published a joint letter to the Aviation Minister, Baroness Sugg, to highlight the concerns of the model flying community. 

In the letter, the groups highlighted that model flying is a fundamentally different activity from drone flying. The aerodynamics of the model aircraft require a greater level of pilot skill to operate and model flyers must therefore be trained to a higher standard than most hobbyist drone operators. This also limits the performance of model aircraft to well within visual line of sight- a restriction which does not necessarily apply to many types of commercially available drone. 

Mr Phipps said “The new rules have been brought in so suddenly, it is grossly unfair to expect clubs entirely staffed by amateurs working on a voluntary basis to comply in such a short period”.  

Published at Mon, 11 Mar 2019 19:09:19 +0000

{articles|100|campaign}Altitude Angel opens Vienna office

Ahead of the World ATM Congress taking place in Madrid this week, Altitude Angel is expanding its operational base with the opening an office in Vienna, Austria. 

The new office opening represents the first step in Altitude Angel’s international expansion, as it strengthens its portfolio of partners and projects across the globe, including Frequentis, DJI, the FAA (LAANC) and the SESAR research programme (Impetus and GOF). 

On the international expansion, Richard Parker, Altitude Angel, CEO and founder, said: “Opening an office in Vienna is a milestone in the history of Altitude Angel. With the uncertainty Brexit represents for many industry stakeholders, as an international company dedicated to building the future infrastructure for the safe integration of drones, we’re taking this positive step. Our European partners will now have a hub on their doorstep to manage their requirements in an effective manner, regardless of what happens in the political landscape.” 

Parker continued: “There were a number of cities under consideration for our first international office, but our strong and growing relationship with Frequentis, meant Vienna held a number of key strategic benefits for us. This is the first in a number of international expansion moves we have planned for 2019 and 2020.” 

About Altitude Angel: 

Altitude Angel is an aviation technology company delivering solutions which enable the safer integration and use of fully automated drones into airspace. Through its Airspace Management platform, GuardianUTM O/S, it delivers the essential software platform which enables national deployments of USpace compatible services, safely unlocking the potential of drones and helping national aviation authorities and air navigation service providers to establish new services to support the growth in the drone industry. 

The foundation components of GuardianUTM O/S are also available to enable third-party UTM developers to incorporate enterprise-grade data and services into their UTM solutions. 

Altitude Angel was founded by Richard Parker in 2014 and is headquartered in Reading, UK. 

www.altitudeangel.com

Altitude Angel’s developer platform is open and available to all at https://developers.altitudeangel.com

For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact: 

Stephen Farmer, Altitude Angel, Head of Corporate Communications and PR

Tel: +44 (0)118 321 4100

[email protected] 

About GuardianUTM:

GuardianUTM enables drone manufacturers and software developers to connect into a rich, dynamic source of accurate, authoritative and relevant information to support geofencing, while offering enhanced UTM capabilities such as a single interface to multi-country flight authorisation.

The system is being deployed by NATS, the UK’s main air navigation service provider, and was demonstrated as part of ‘Operation Zenith’ in 2018, offering enhanced airport safeguarding and automated approvals to fly in controlled airspace. Altitude Angel is now bringing online functionality to enable drone pilots anywhere in the world to get 1-click access to controlled airspace. 

It’s companion product, GuardianUTM O/S, supports all of the functionality required to deliver national-grade drone traffic management capabilities to any country that wishes to safely unlock the potential of drones. 

Introduction video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bd0pvUrS07g

Published at Mon, 11 Mar 2019 18:25:19 +0000

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