Drone pilots welcome new Government plans
Survey by DroneDirect.co.uk shows drone owners welcome proposed flying exam
Nearly two-thirds of drone owners would welcome compulsory flying exams similar to Government proposed assessments, according to new research by DronesDirect.co.uk.
The Drone Usage Report 2017 the specialist retailer revealed 61 per cent of drone owners would welcome a compulsory flying exam before taking to the skies with their gadget, as they think it would increase public safety.
The news comes as the UK Government has announced plans to introduce mandatory safety awareness courses and registration for owners of small unmanned aircraft, including drones.
More than half (56 per cent) of drone owners are confident in their piloting skills and think they would pass the exam.
The data also shows drone owners are a largely well-informed and safety conscious bunch, as almost all (98 per cent) of drone owners surveyed said they were aware of the Drone Code rules and regulations set out by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on the operation of drones.
Mark Kelly, Marketing Manager at DronesDirect.co.uk said: “It’s encouraging to see the majority of drone owners welcome steps to increase flying safety, and that they are already confident in their level of operating skill. We recommend that all drone owners are familiar with the CAA guidelines before taking flight, and fly their gadget in clear open spaces.
“The vast majority of the drones we sell feature inbuilt safety features to avoid drones flying their craft close to no-fly zones and sensitive sites such as airports, clearly marking these no go zones and increased development of geo-fences will help owners unfamiliar with the local area.”
The Huddersfield-based retailer, which is one of the country’s largest retailers of drones, has the UK’s only dedicated in-store Flying Zone, allowing consumers to learn the safest way to pilot their drones. The retailer is also working with leading drone manufacturers to provide tailored training events for drone owners. Visit www.DronesDirect.co.uk for more information.