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Britain Now Has Revised Guidelines to Fly Drones

IANS

First published: November 27, 2016, 12:51 PM IST | Updated: November 27, 2016
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Britain Now Has Revised Guidelines to Fly Drones
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London: In partnership with Britain's air traffic control body NATS, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in Britain has launched a website containing a revised version of "Dronecode" to help people fly drones safely and responsibly.

The authority has also warned that the offenders could be prosecuted, the International Business Times (UK) reported.

"Dronecode is a set of guidelines, which outline the procedures of drone flying within the law in Britain. The rules, posted on the new Dronesafe.uk website, are based on the suggestions from leading aviation players, drone retailers and manufacturers and the Department of Transport," the report pointed out.

According to the new guidelines, people are not allowed to fly drones near airports or airfields. Users are allowed to fly drones below 400ft (120m) and at least 150ft (50m) away from buildings and people.

The report noted that the new set of rules is based on a key finding that mentions 61 per cent respondents agree that drones would be useful for traffic monitoring and power line inspection.

"Nearly 58 per cent agree with the fact that drones would be useful for agriculture and 56 per cent state drones could be used for emergency health services," the report added.

Tim Johnson, Policy Director at the CAA, said the new Dronecode will help to protect the safety of the wider aviation industry.

"It will also help those expected to use drones to improve current operations, from farming to traffic, from healthcare to logistics. Ultimately, people must use their drones safely and responsibly," Johnson was quoted as saying.

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