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Giving the gift of a drone for Christmas

24 Dec 2015 by Tom Otley

Manchester Airport has issued a guide to using and flying drones. Recognising the popularity of drones, the airport is reminding users that they should not be used near airfields and airports, and those fitted with cameras within 50 metres of people, vehicles, buildings or structures.

Rad Taylor, Operations Director at Manchester Airport said: “Drones continue to increase in popularity but what people aren’t aware of are the risks they can cause to airport operations across the UK. If they pass into our airspace (and permission is needed for this) they can cause issues which may result in delays for our airlines and passengers.

“When you fly a drone in the UK it is your responsibility to be aware of the rules that are in place to keep everyone safe and if breached you can find yourself on the wrong side of the law. It is for this reason that we have created a handy guide for anyone getting a drone from Santa this Christmas.”

The guide's main points are:

  • Make sure you can see your drone at all times and don't fly higher than 400 feet
  • Always keep your drone away from aircraft, helicopters, airports and airfields
  • Use your common sense and fly safely; you could be prosecuted if you don't. 

Drones fitted with cameras must not be flown:

  • Within 50 metres of people, vehicles, buildings or structures
  • Over congested areas or large gatherings such as concerts and sports events  

Manchester Airport’s Drone Code is available here.

The CAA also has a  video and leaflet for anyone flying a drone:

‘Drone flying: A short guide’

‘Quick start safety guide’

Tom Otley

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