UK proposes Age restrictions for drone use

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Recent proposals in the U.K. include the use of anti-drone technology around selected events and locations, and mandating that users file flight plans in designated apps before take off. Drone advocacy groups are pushing back on the proposal naturally.

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The UK is currently mulling a lot of new regulations around drones, aimed at clamping down on consumer use ahead of a seemingly inevitable explosion. Among a deluge of proposal is age restriction, banning use of drones weighing more than 0.55 pounds by anyone under the age of 18.

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The proposed age limit would be three years younger than the age restriction on applying for a full plane or helicopter license. In the case of the proposed drone restriction, however, kids could potentially still fly a drone, so long as they do so with adult supervision.

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The proposed legislation follows similar laws put in place in the U.S., where an FAA-imposed drone registry has been the source of a protracted legal back and forth. The U.K. has imposed some rules as well, restricting the height of consumer drone flights (400 feet), and banning flights near airports.

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