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How can we ensure the responsible use of drones?

Posted: 19 August 2019 | | 1 comment

Following recent disruptions, new legislations regarding drones are coming into force, including increased airport exclusion zones, additional police power, fixed-penalty notices and modern technologies to detect and repel drones. Lee Mansell, COO of Operational Solutions, details how airports should use an UTM system to safely integrate drones into their operations.

How can we ensure the responsible use of drones?

There is no doubt drones can bring both commercial and societal benefits. Responsible use of drones must, however, include legislative compliance. This legislation has to be enforceable to make any difference and even then, there is an argument it will not deter ‘bad actors’. However, if authorities are given the resources to enforce the legislation then there is a genuine threat of detection followed by detention. That could persuade the bad actor that the chances of completing their mission are too low to justify it. Some terrorists are as motivated by the publicity a successful attack generates as by the actual harm caused. A defeated attack presents a negative publicity risk and potential long-term disruption to terrorist capability.











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One response to “How can we ensure the responsible use of drones?”

  1. Buenos Aires, Argentine Republic, August 21, 2019

    Mr. Lee MANSEL

    Of my highest consideration

                                                      I want to congratulate you for the excellent article on drones that you wrote. For us Argentines, like most airports in the world, we have problems with the particular use of drones.

                                                      I work in the Argentine Air Navigation Company (EANA), in the area of safety as a training analyst. EANA is the company that is responsible for air navigation in our country,

                                                     I congratulate you again for your article.

                                                              Walter Zamprogno
                                                                 SMS EANA S.E.

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