Amendments to the ANO (Air Navigation Order 2016) (30 May 2018)
New laws are being implemented to improve airspace safety.
These rules will come into effect on 30 july 2018.
The new rules are coming into force to ensure there is a sufficient separation between drones and manned aircraft, which have a minimum flight height of 500ft AGL, meaning that UAVs and manned aircraft should never come into contact with each other.
These rules will come into effect on 30 November 2019, allowing drone users time to adjust, and the CAA to build the systems and resources that will be required to implement the new scheme:
Where drone operations are deemed to be safe enough, the CAA will have the power to exempt operators from adhering to these rules. This will allow safe, innovative and positive commercial use of drone technology to continue.
Drone users who flout the new height and airport boundary restrictions could be charged with recklessly or negligently acting in a manner likely to endanger an aircraft or any person in an aircraft. This could result in an unlimited fine, up to five years in prison, or both.
Users who fail to register or sit the competency tests could face fines of up to £1,000.
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