UK Drone Users Face 'Theory Test' Under New Gov't Proposals

Young, Member of Parliament for London West and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport, said Transport Canada is proud of the work that's been done over the past year when it comes to drones.

In response to the announcement, Flight Safety Specialist at the British Airline Pilots' Association, Steve Landells, said: "We need to understand more about the threat drones pose and BALPA is working with the government and regulators to ensure this is an issue that's being taken seriously in the corridors of power".

The DfT plans to introduce new measures to make sure the successful uptake of drones is matched by strong safeguards to protect the public.

"Cyberhawk has spent nearly 10 years demonstrating how drones can be used safely and professionally in industrial environments around the world, however, hesitation still exists because we hear reports of injury, potential aviation collisions and privacy concerns". The goal is to increase safety but not stifle the industry, Young said.

Other proposals include testing facilities, which will allow the owner to fly their drone in a quiet rural area.

If you find a drone under your Christmas tree this year, you'll have a new set of regulations to go along with it in 2017.

In addition, it asks whether there is a need for a new criminal offence for the misuse of drones.

The government is launching the consultation to try to integrate drone technology safely into our skies, while recognising the huge economic benefit they can bring.

Professional services firm PwC published a report in May which estimated that the global market for drone use will be worth 127 billion United States dollars (£103 billion) in the coming years.

Ministers in the United Kingdom have proposed new measures to increase drone safety that could see owners of the devices having to pass a test.

On August 4, a drone the size of a football was flown within 70ft of a passenger jet.

Currently, while any use of a drone for commercial purposes must be certified, the recreational use of drones weighing less than 35 kg (77 lbs) does not require permission from Transport Canada.

  • Latoya Cobb