Operation Foreverwing is the new long-term campaign launched between Home Office, Police and the CAA, aimed at clamping down drone-related crimes. It comes after 336 drone-related incidents were recorded during the last five months in the UK (CAA 2021).
Operation Foreverwing, will see the three organisations work together to highlight the police work currently being undertaken around tackling drone misuse, in a bid to deter drone owners from breaking the rules.
The three organisations will coordinate their work and campaigns around enforcement and there will be a significant social media push to reach users. Police forces around the country will be supplied with materials and information to allow for joint response to incidents. There will an ongoing campaign to raise awareness of enforcement cases and Police powers.
The UK Police force have dedicated drone teams located across the country, tasked with enforcing the law by handing out fines and confiscating drones if people fail to follow the rules. With the CAA setting the rules for drone flying, INFRATEC Drones and other RAEs are here to help assist and educate the public on behalf of the CAA. It is hoped that the campaign will help raise awareness of the current regulations whilst reminding those tempted to break the rules, of the consequences.
National Police Chiefs' Council lead for counter Drones, Chief Constable Lucy D'Orsi, said:
"The use of drones has increased dramatically in recent years and as a result of that we are seeing instances of dangerous and irresponsible flying.
"If you are a drone owner it is your responsibility to make sure you are following the rules for your own safety and that of others around you."
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UK law now dictates that CAA registration is mandatory for operators of drones weighing over 250g and/or any drone which has a camera fitted which is not classed as a toy. Failure to register leaves drone users at risk of penalties of up to £1,000.
The Campaign will see more cooperation between the bodies and joint-education targeting drone users.
Jonathan Nicholson, Assistant Director of Communications, CAA, said:
"With close to 200,000 registered drone owners across the UK, the skies are becoming increasingly busy. Our objective is not to stop people having fun or using their drone for business, it's to make sure that everyone can share the air safely and that means sicking to the rules outlined in the Drone Code.
"Drones can cost thousands of pounds and with fines for breaking the rules, the costs can quickly add up for those failing to comply"
It is advised if you fly drones as a hobby or for work, that you have had the appropriate training and hold the relevant certificates for locations and weight of aircraft you wish to fly.