Small unmanned aircraft (SUA), commonly known as drones, have rapidly increased in popularity in the UK over the years. Previously niche gadgets are now far more accessible, cheaper and more commercially available; the rise in the production and technology has made them a ‘must have’ gadget. However, the increase of ownership and usage of the drones has increased the number of dangerous incidents, highlighted in late 2018 with the disruptions at Gatwick airport.
Drones present a real hazard to manned aircrafts. The first drone laws were introduced by the Air Navigation Order 2009. The law did not evolve until 2016 when the Department for Transport recognised the need to further develop UK law to reflect the increase in usage and the ongoing risk to public safety when not used compliantly. The law is developing and evolving, increasing the number of criminal offences that are likely to be investigated and prosecuted (heightened by the new police powers to investigate offences and issue fixed penalty notices).
This webinar summarises the previous, existing and forthcoming laws and penalties for drone offences, dealing in particular with the Air Navigation Order 2016 and the Amendment Orders of 2018 and 2019.