Should children be banned from flying large drones unsupervised? That’s the question being posed by the Department of Transport (DfT) as it considers the safety implications of youngsters flying drones over 250g.
The DfT’s proposal is that children could fly a heavier drone only under the supervision of an adult who owns and has registered it. And when they say heavier, they’re not talking very heavy at all… even DJI’s current smallest offering, the Spark (which fits comfortably on the palm of your hand) weighs more than 250 grams.
In my mind, this is simply common sense and we shouldn’t really need a law against it. What responsible adult would buy a large radio controlled Drone and then allow their children to play with it unsupervised? High speed spinning rotor blades can do a lot of damage and children could easily injure themselves or others nearby. Then there’s the nuisance that a buzzing drone could cause to others in the area and the risk a high flying drone might pose to low flying aircraft.
The DfT has put forward a number of other proposals such as providing the police with powers to seize drones being flown illegally and the ability to hand out on-the-spot fines. The consultation ends September 17th, so we shouldn’t have very long to see which of these proposals make it into the final Bill and if any of these laws are actually enforced in a meaningful way.
But sensible parents don’t need common-sense to be enshrined in law anyway… They’ll already be flying responsibly, safely, legally and teaching their children to do the same.
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