After the turmoil and devastation brought to Gatwick Airport UK last week we’ve started looking into drone detection and drone security.
A business we know well, WS Planning & Architecture have been in touch and asked us a few questions about drones.
Q. As one of the South’s premier Professional Drone Operators what do you feel can be done to prevent similar incidents to those seen at Gatwick this week?
A. It’s evident more investment needs to be driven into policing illegal operators and to continue in the development of counter drone measures. It should be noted there are laws in place to prevent flying were it is not safe, the problem is the law is not being enforced. It’s a worldwide issue.
Q. How difficult is it for the authorities to prevent drones from affecting airports and what options are available to try and take them down?
A. From what we've seen the technology to bring drones out of the sky is there. As we focus on flying safely and enjoying what we do, we have never before focused on drone security measures so we don’t profess to be experts in the detection and security field just yet.
Both the Gatwick scenario and being witness to many illegal flights has brought the issue of drones being misused to our attention. In the first quarter of 2019 we will be concentrating our efforts to come up with options for our local area. We’re certain however that Airports are much more complicated. It’s definitely a question that could be put to them to answer in detail.
Q. It would appear that the technology has evolved substantially over the last 5 years – how should or could the Government control the situation?
A. We believe it stems with investment for research and development and then of course deployment. It’s now on everyone’s radar and cannot be ignored. We believe it’s likely the government will bring in external contractors who are experts in drone security and detection to assist with controlling the situation. The big questions remains however… can the airspace be fully controlled? Not at this stage.
Q. Do you feel that public access to these products is too difficult to control?
A. We do not believe this is the problem. For instance young adults are 3D printing drones in colleges these days. Access to drones is far too difficult to control. By promoting the legal and safe use of drones the situation will be improved.
Q. For those being gifted a drone this Christmas what are the best tips for safe flying?
A. We have a blog about what to do after getting your first drone. You can find it here.
Q. Are there local groups you can join to learn how to fly your drones more safely?
A. Yes indeed. we’re members of The Drone Safe Register. The full membership can only be obtained once you have obtained your permission for commercial operations. However, if you want to fly as a hobbyist only you can join as a hobby flyer. Find out more here.
Early in the new year we will be visiting a local drone detection and security specialist to obtain their views on the situation. Stay tuned and subscribe for an update on this!
On a lighter note please check out our 2018 highlights video. Remember drones have many uses, can be very safe to use in the right hands, and are powerful tools.