2018 will be the year of change in the drone community
, and not before time. Things need to change and this is accepted by most commercial drone operators
in the UK. For too long there has been far too many incidents of careless and downright dangerous flying from some people flying drones. These incidents, are without doubt, in my opinion nothing to do with commercial operators, but children or adults intent of breaking the law and showing a flagrant disregard for CAA regulations
It should come as no surprise that the government, in conjunction with the CAA, are introducing a sweeping set of revised regulations for those wishing to fly drones. These regulations will affect the commercial operator, but moreso the casual flyer and hobbyist. Under new proposals, police officers may get the power to issue on-the-spot fines of up to £300 for the misuse of drones, as well as being able to seize them. Banning children from owning drones weighing at least 250 grams is also a possibility and one that I believe is sensible and a 'no-brainer.'
As with any new technology, there will always be the few who use it recklessly, for malign purposes or for illegal activities. It's just a shame that many commercial drone operators
run the risk of having to pay the consequences for the reckless actions of the few.