The government is launching a consultation on operating drones after reports of near-misses with aircraft.
Under the proposals users could have to register their technology and face tough penalties if found guilty of operating a drone in no-fly zones.
Other measures include:
- New warning signs around no-fly zones
- Making drones electronically identifiable so the owner's details can be passed to police if they are spotted breaking the law
- Whether there is a need for a new criminal offence for the misuse of drones
The consultation follows 59 near misses involving drones and aircrafts in UK Airprox Board (UKAB) reports over the past 12 months.
In response to the announcement, Flight Safety Specialist at the British Airline Pilots’ Association, Steve Landells, said: “We need to understand more about the threat drones pose and BALPA is working with the government and regulators to ensure this is an issue that’s being taken seriously in the corridors of power.
“Drones are here to stay, and as this technology develops and becomes more important in the aviation world, it is vital they are integrated into the airspace in a safe and sensible manner.
“Pilots are concerned about the growing number of near misses and the potential for catastrophe should a collision occur.”