Starting Wednesday 13th, UK Airports will be expanding the drone no-fly zones to 3 miles, up from the 0.6-mile limit that’s currently in effect. This change in the rules were first announced last month, which covered more than quadruple the radius of each airport’s drone restricted airspace.
This new law has been introduced after the drone activity that effectively shut down Gatwick, the UK’s second largest airport, for over a day in the run-up to Christmas last year. Though this incident nearly affected 1,000 flights and as many as 140,000 passengers, but the police still isn’t able to figure out the suspect. Right after the incident, drone manufacturer DJI also introduced tougher geo-fencing restrictions for its drones in Europe.
Not just this, the UK’s drone rules are once again set to change later this year with measures announced prior to the Gatwick disruption. As per the new rules that will be effective from November 2019, anyone who wants to fly a drone weighing over 250 grams (8.8 ounces) will have to mandatorily take an online safety test and register with the country’s aviation authority, failing to which might impose a risk of £1,000 on drone owners.