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The safe use of drones in the UK

DfT published its paper “Unlocking the UK’s high tech economy: consultation on the safe use of drones in the UK” on the 21st December 2016.  The backdrop is the government’s intentions to create the conditions for new uses of drone technology to emerge and grow, placing the UK at the cutting edge of new technologies and capturing a significant portion of the global drone applications market. That requires taking the safety, security and privacy challenges and government duties to the general public extremely seriously. The consultation sets out some of the next steps under consideration for doing so. The proposals aim to keep pace with our fast emerging market, balancing the challenges appropriately without restricting the opportunity drones present.   Responses are encouraged from drone operators (commercial and leisure), the aviation industry, drone manufacturers and other companies involved in the drone market, model aircraft associations and their members and the insurance industry, among others,  the deadline for responding is 15th March 2017.   The consultation document can be found here:  https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/579562/consultation-on-the-safe-use-of-drones.pd

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