UAVAir, the UK’s leading CAA approved drone
training academy, is tackling the question that is on everyone’s minds - should
drones be left to the professionals?
As the drone industry reaches a regulatory
‘tipping point’, with proposals of stricter safety rules and tests for all drone
owners, many are left wondering what the future might hold for the industry.
While many support the drone sector, a recent
Tech Radar article titled ‘The End of Drones Can’t Come Soon Enough’
echoed a view that is shared by a wide segment of the public. While it noted
the positives of the professional industry, it branded the amateur user base as
‘idiots’, implying that hobbyist drone operators should be deterred from
embarking on their past time, to a sometimes dangerous effect.
UAVAir notes that smarter regulations could
help to end the growing number of drone related incidents that happen due to
irresponsible drone use. However, discouraging new users from getting to grips
with the technology in those early days would only pose a challenge to the
sector, not a solution.
UK Operations Manager at UAVAir explained, “While the words used by John McCann
in the Tech Rader article may be somewhat sensationalised to make a good read, I
think he does mirror the thoughts of many and it’s something that needs
addressing. It’s great to see that he acknowledges the many benefits that drones
can bring, noting their use in filmmaking or the emergency services, but in
order for these great things to happen we need to encourage new pilots, not push
If we forbid amateurs from flying a drone at
all, many talented pilots may be left undiscovered. In a similar way to how we
have driving lessons and tests, we need to adopt a similar ‘starting point’ for
drones, making entering the world of drones accessible but safe.”
Alongside its CAA and OfQual approved Unmanned
Aircraft Qualification (UAQ) course, UAVAir also offers drone pilot lessons for
candidates wanting to refine their flying techniques. Teaching the basics of
safe, responsible flight, its team of instructors use their extensive experience
to enlist all new pilots with confidence. While the course has been designed to
offer extra support to its customers prior to enrolling on its UAQ course, such
initial, informal training could help to pave the way for a safer drone sector.
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