Getting a drone for Christmas? Learn the law...

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DRONE users are being urged to ensure they don’t become lawbreakers if they get one of the flying gadgets for Christmas.

Professor Steve Thomas, of the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science at the University of South Wales (USW), has warned anyone who either gives or receives a drone as a gift that they must make sure they are aware of the rules about their use.

“There have been some high-profile incidents recently of being people being hurt by drones, and anyone flying one has to ensure that the ‘flight’ is being conducted safely,” he said.

“For example, you are only allowed to let the machine go 120 metres high and let it be 500 metres away from you.

“You must always have a clear line of sight of the drone, and must not fly it within 150 metres of any congested area or within 150 metres of an organised open-air assembly of more than 1,000 people.



“Further rules say that pilots mustn’t fly within 50 metres of any vessel, vehicle or structure not under the control of the person in charge of the drone, or within 50 metres of any person, except during take-off or landing.

“During take-off or landing, the aircraft must not be flown within 30 metres of any person, excluding the drone operator and any person under their control”

Using drones for commercial purposes also requires a special permit from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

A Drone Course is being held at USW on January 30. Anyone who is interested can find out more details at http://professionalacademy.southwales.ac.uk/UAVdrones/

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