One near-miss too many? Drones and other airspace users

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While the proliferation of drones have been heralded in revolutionising so many aspects of our everyday lives, there have also been warnings about the rising incidence of them conflicting with other airspace users such as passenger aircraft near airports or smaller aircraft including helicopters.

This gives rise to concerns that a mass drone population in the UK and elsewhere will have profound implications on airspace use and safety, an issue of interest not just to aviation insurance, and providing another case study of regulation trying to keep with rapid surges in new technology.

In this first instalment in a series of Thinkpieces on the insurance implications of drones, we have invited Captain Andy Brown of the British Air Line Pilots Association to set out some of the key airspace safety issues related to drones, from the perspective of the people who are increasingly having to share the sky with them.