The government will issue police with new detention and disruption equipment as part of its strategy regarding the criminal use of UAVs, The Times has reported.
The strategy also includes the development of an international set of standards for manufacturers, which aims to ensure that all drones are fitted with safety features.
The news follows the announcement of air traffic management legislation in the Queen’s Speech last week, which will give police more powers to stop and search suspected drone users.
The legislation, which will come into effect at the end of November, requires all operators of drones weighing more than 250g to register with the Civil Aviation Authority.
The strategy is part of a response to the Gatwick airport incident last December which led to the cancellation of around1,000 flights, and growing drone use in the UK.
Security minister Brandon Lewis wrote in The Times that the new strategy will “protect against threats while being careful not to get in the way of those working to harness this technology for good”.
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NATS has today launched its new free online drone training course, aimed at new drone owners and hobbyists.
Steve Graham, head of business engagement at NATS, said: “We hope new and existing drone users will find our new online hobbyist course useful as a fun-to-use tool with a serious message. NATS strongly supports fair and equal access for all types of aircraft, manned and unmanned, in integrated airspace – and it is important that all users of airspace do so safely, responsibly, and with due regard for the needs of others.”
Adding: “By designing an animated video with clear and accessible voice over narration and multiple-choice quiz questions, our aim is to provide accurate and practical information as a reference guide that will be helpful for all drone operators, especially new drone owners and hobbyists.”
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