Drone Flight Restriction Zones

The following statement was released by the Department for Transport on 20th February 2019; “Following on from new laws last year restricting the use of drones and bringing forward a new drone-users register, today, the government also announced new legislation to extend the ‘no-fly’ zone around airports, banning drones from flying within 5km of runways. The new exclusion zone will be ...

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Children and Drones – A good idea or not?

Children and drones, are they a good mix? It has become an accepted concept that a child can use a drone as a toy. Should children have drones? Despite what many may think, a drone is not a toy. It is easy to assume that a drone can be considered the same as a radio controlled boat or racing car. In fact, in the past radio controlled model aircraft were considered the toy to ask Santa for. However...

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Drones and business espionage – a new corporate threat

The idea that gadgets and what is perceived to be quirky technology can steal business information is overall something many of us regard as fantasy that comes from the movies. Drones and business espionage are now a very real threat. The Camera One would think that drones hovering at a window of a company during a board meeting would attract some attention. However, it is not inconceivable that a...

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Drones and Aircraft – A Dangerous Mix

Drones and Aircraft, the term suggests a dangerous mix, but are they really? In the past year, at least five flights have been diverted and disruption at Gatwick airport. This has caused severe inconvenience for thousands of passengers. It took place when a drone flying close to the runway was spotted at the busy international airport. The BALPA (British Airline Pilots Association) have expressed ...

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Protecting Festivals From Drones

Drones could pose a safety risk at open-air festivals Large crowds and drones don’t mix, indeed operating a drone within 150m of open-airgatherings of more than 1000 people is illegal in the UK. As the summer festival season is drawing to a close the illegal use of drones at open air events should be considered by event organisers in the future. Drones could be used to capture imagery and potentia...

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DJI Spy Drones and HMS Queen Elizabeth

Two significant drones stories emerge this week It has been reported that a hobby drone was used to take many minutes of drone footage of the UK’s £3bn Aircraft Carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, before landing on the deck of the ship. I am as amazed as the ‘drone enthusiast’ was of the total lack of security which allowed this to happen unchallenged. Although the ship is conducting its sea trials and...

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UK Considers ‘Red Flag Act’ for Drones

Will the Department for Transport's recommendations for drone regulation harm the fledgling industry? In 1865 Britain introduced the 'Locomotives on Highways Act'. Better known as the 'Red Flag Act'. The act stipulated that all mechanically powered road vehicles (cars) must: Have three drivers. Not exceed 4 mph (6.4 kph) on the open road and 2 mph (3.2 kph) in towns. Be preceded by a man o...

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DJI Takes Steps to Remove its Drones From the Battlefield

.The world’s leading commercial drone manufacturer, DJI, appear to have stepped into the conflict in Syria and Iraq. They have designated large areas of both countries as ‘no fly zones’ for its drones. Drones used in conflict Recent reports of ISIS using commercial drones to drop various munitions onto Iraqi forces (supported by the West)  have surfaced. Could these new flight restrictions indicat...

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The Anti-Drone Revolution: 22 Companies Building Killer Drone Tech Today from DronesX

Article from James Carlini on 22 counter drone businesses in the world featuring Drone Defence There have been some new efforts in employing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to inspect and protect critical intelligent infrastructure of organizations (power grids, railways, and communication networks). UAVs have their primary roots embedded in military applications which have also been growing in s...

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Drone Aircraft Recognition Playing Cards – WarDrones

WarDrones - Drone Combat Cards For a little bit of fun and to act as a training aid Drone Defence has launched ‘Top Trumps’ style card game for some of the most popular commercial drones. Following the example of the Cold-War US Army Graphic Training Aids, the cards are designed to be used as aircraft recognition cards for security operatives and contain each drone’s vital statistics. The f...

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