Drone use is
growing rapidly and more and more businesses are choosing inspection companies
that use drones to inspect high-level areas for damage and repair costs.
Drones used for
these purposes are safe, quick and very cost-effective when compared to
scaffolding and other traditional methods of inspection.
However, the UK has
one of the busiest skies in the world so regulations changed in July 2018 to
try and improve the safety of drone use around airports.
Having been caught
up the chaos of the Gatwick, we feel more safety legislation can only benefit
the majority. At the minimum, users should comply with the CAA guidance on safe drone use - download a free copy HERE.
It is now against the law to
fly above 400ft (120m) or to fly a drone within 1km of an airport or airfield
boundary without specific permission. This new
limitations tighten up previous rules, e.g. the height restriction applied to
drones weighing more than 7kg only.
In November 2019, further changes take place: those
operating unmanned aircraft weighing 250g or more will need to take a
safety test and register with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
Suggested responsible drone use from
· Let people know before you start recording.
· Consider your surroundings - be aware of other people’s property.
· Get to know what your camera can do, and the kind of images it can capture.
· Plan your flight to avoid invading the privacy of others.
· Keep you and your drone in view.
· Think before sharing any personal data collected.
· Keep the images safe and consider whether you should keep them at all.
If you are using your drone for a more formal, professional purpose, then it is
important that you understand your legal obligations as a data controller as
the situation will be different. Health and safety legislation may also apply so it best to take advice from your safety advisor.
If you have any concerns
about drones being used in your area, either from a safety or privacy
perspective, contact your local police on 101.