In the first six months of 2016, there were more reported near misses between drones and aircraft over the UK than in the whole of 2015. More recently, a drone the size of a football flew within 20m of a passenger jet as it approached Heathrow Airport. With drone use becoming increasingly popular, I am raising awareness of how to use drones safely to ensure such incidents are avoided.
Public use of UAVs and drones has been growing for some time now, with drones becoming cheaper and more toy-like. However, the effect of their presence near aircraft in the sky is very real. When using drones, please ensure that they are visible at all times, flown below 400ft and not flown over congested areas. The safer drones are flown, the more they can be used and the safer Heathrow Airport and its passengers will be. I am calling on the Home Secretary to do more to protect the residents of Ealing, if actions aren’t taken soon then it is only a matter of time until a horrible accident.
Because of this threat I have asked the Home Secretary to take action to improve safety for those of us living near Heathrow. I have also asked her to support a new information awareness campaign to ensure that UAV and drone flyers know the danger they may pose if they ignore the regulations.”
Virendra Sharma MP
An investigation into the near miss around Heathrow Airport has concluded that the drone had endangered the lives of those on the plane as a collision had only narrowly been avoided. In response, Sion Roberts, head of drone training academy RUSTA, said, “It is vital that distributors and sellers make their customers aware of the rules.”
The Civil Aviation Authority have stated that it is “totally unacceptable to fly drones close to aircraft and airports” and that “anyone flouting the rules can face severe penalties including time in prison.”
Safe use of drones would protect Heathrow In the first six months of 2016, there were more reported near misses between drones and aircraft over the UK than in the...
I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a wonderful New Year.
With the birth of the New Year we reflect on the past year. The joy we have derived from the birth of loved ones and sadness from those who have passed. We have spent another year with our families and friends and hopefully become better people in the process.
As a Member of Parliament I always enjoy the New Year. Everyone returns to Parliament after Christmas and New Year with a renewed sense of purpose and more energy. I hope that after the holiday we can all return to whatever we do with a newly found energy and commitment to do better than we did last year.
I hope you all enjoy your New Year and I wish you the best for 2017.
I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a wonderful New Year. With the birth of the New Year we reflect on the past year. The...
We must end the continued uncertainty surrounding 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee notes
Still a month after the announcement of the demonetisation of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee notes millions of NRIs are living with uncertainty. The stress and strain of not knowing whether families will lose money they can not afford to is causing too much suffering after weeks of delay.
Thousands of families have a small amount of currency at home, to save exchanging money at the airport. These are the people that are accidentally being punished. Having a few thousands rupees does not make you a money launderer, and still they are suffering.
The Indian Government should authorise large Indian Banks with operations in the UK to open accounts for deposits of Indian Rupees. This money should then be held and made available for withdrawal only in India. This would protect the economy, but still offer freedom to many thousands of Indian Citizens and NRIs not based in India."