What’s the future for drones? – Technology Law Update

Posted August 10th, 2018 in aircraft, licensing, news by sally

‘Drones are finding increasing uses in a wide range of applications from life-saving delivery of medical supplies to remote locations, through filming, commercial deliveries, agricultural and construction monitoring, to military and surveillance operations. Innovation foundation Nesta has carried out an analysis of the future for drone technology in the urban environment. The research for this project involved partnership with five British cities to analyse the possible roles for drones in our towns and cities.’

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Technology Law Update, 9th August 2018

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Soldier left with PTSD when RAF plane plummeted towards ground due to ‘bored pilot’ wins payout – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 7th, 2018 in aircraft, armed forces, compensation, news, post-traumatic stress disorder by sally

‘A soldier left with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) when an RAF plane plummeted towards the ground due to a ‘bored pilot’ has won hundreds of thousands of pounds compensation from the MoD.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th August 2018

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Drone Bill may ban children from owning larger aircraft – BBC News

Posted July 26th, 2018 in aircraft, bills, children, consultations, disqualification, news by sally

‘Children could be banned from owning drones weighing more than 250g (0.55lb) under a new proposal from the Department for Transport.’

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BBC News, 26th July 2018

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Drone rules made law to reduce threat to aircraft – The Guardian

Posted May 31st, 2018 in aircraft, airports, bills, news, penalties, regulations by sally

‘The government has announced measures to tackle the dangers drones can pose to people, aircraft and airports.’

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The Guardian, 30th May 2018

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New Acts – legislation.gov.uk

Financial Guidance and Claims Act 2018

Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Act 2018

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

Pilot charged with manslaughter over Shoreham Airshow disaster which killed 11 people – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 23rd, 2018 in aircraft, homicide, negligence, news, prosecutions, public interest by tracey

‘The pilot of an aircraft which crashed and killed 11 people has been charged with 11 counts of manslaughter by gross negligence.’

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Daily Telegraph, 21st March 2018

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New Acts – legislation.gov.uk

Posted March 19th, 2018 in aircraft, budgets, legislation by tracey

Space Industry Act 2018

Supply and Appropriation (Anticipation and Adjustments) Act 2018

Finance Act 2018

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

Red Arrows death: Ejection seat firm fined £1.1m – BBC News

Posted February 26th, 2018 in aircraft, fines, health & safety, news by tracey

‘An ejection seat manufacturer prosecuted over the death of a Red Arrows pilot thrown from his jet has been fined £1.1m.’

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BBC News, 23rd February 2018

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Security bodies and legal advice: some Upper Tribunal droning – Panopticon

Posted January 19th, 2018 in aircraft, disclosure, freedom of information, news, weapons by tracey

‘The Times’ Lawyer of the Week this morning discusses an Upper Tribunal FOIA appeal brought by Rights Watch UK (for whom Daniel Carey, the Lawyer of the Week, acted pro bono), seeking disclosure of the Attorney General’s advice on drone strikes in Syria. The case was Corderoy & Ahmed v IC, AGO, Cabinet Office [2017] UKUT 495 (AAC). Whether you consider it a win, a loss or a draw (and if so for whom) will depend on which side you’re on here and, as counsel on all sides were colleagues at 11KBW, I will attempt a studied neutrality. I confess I have not found all aspects of the judgment easy to follow, but here you go.’

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Panopticon, 18th January 2018

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Tribunal rules against total secrecy over UK drone strikes – The Guardian

‘The government’s power to block requests for information on national security grounds has been significantly curtailed by a tribunal ruling over targeted killings of British jihadists abroad.’

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The Guardian, 4th January 2018

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Laser pen offenders face five years in jail and unlimited fines under new laws – The Independent

Posted December 21st, 2017 in aircraft, bills, fines, health & safety, news, road traffic, sentencing, ships, transport by tracey

‘People who shine lasers at air, ground and sea vehicles could be jailed for up to five years under new laws. Offenders also face unlimited fines as part of Department for Transport (DfT) measures to boost safety.’

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The Independent, 20th December 2017

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Man convicted of flying drones into HMP Birmingham – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted December 20th, 2017 in aircraft, drug trafficking, news, prisons by tracey

‘A man has been jailed for five years today after being convicted of flying drones carrying £35,000 worth of drugs and contraband items into prison grounds.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 19th December 2017

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Eight jailed over plot to smuggle drugs and phones into UK prisons – The Guardian

Posted December 14th, 2017 in aircraft, conspiracy, drug trafficking, news, prisons, telecommunications by sally

‘Eight people have been jailed for taking part in a plot to smuggle cannabis and mobile phones into prisons in England and Scotland using drones.’

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The Guardian, 13th December 2017

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Draft Drone Bill to hand police powers to tackle unsafe and criminal use – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 28th, 2017 in aircraft, bills, health & safety, news, police, privacy by sally

‘A draft Drone Bill, to be published in spring 2018, will hand the police new powers to prevent the unsafe or criminal use of drones, the Government has announced.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 27th November 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Drone users will be forced to sit safety tests as number of near misses with planes increases by 60 per cent – Daily Telegraph

‘Drone users will be forced to sit safety tests under a government clampdown after near misses with planes have increased by 60 per cent in a year.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th November 2017

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Man who planned to detonate pipe bomb on a plane has had his sentence increased – Attorney General’s Office

Posted November 10th, 2017 in aircraft, appeals, explosives, news, sentencing by tracey

‘Manchester man who planned to detonate pipe bomb on a plane has had his sentence increased by 4 years.’

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Attorney General's Office, 9th November 2017

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Government to consider laser pen licence after attack rise – BBC News

Posted August 14th, 2017 in aircraft, consultations, government departments, licensing, news, weapons by sally

‘Buying powerful laser pens could require a licence in future, the government has said, amid concerns over the number of attacks on aircraft.’

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BBC News, 12th August 2017

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Helicopter sex film officer Adrian Pogmore jailed – BBC News

Posted August 9th, 2017 in aircraft, misfeasance in public office, news, police, sentencing, voyeurism by sally

‘A “sex-obsessed” police officer who used his force helicopter to film people having sex has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 8th August 2017

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Police helicopter crew cleared of using chopper to spy on couple having sex – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 7th, 2017 in aircraft, news, police, professional conduct, video recordings by sally

‘Two police officers and two pilots accused of misusing a force helicopter to film naked sunbathers and a couple having sex have been cleared of all charges.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th August 2017

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UK to require drones and their operators to be registered – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 26th, 2017 in aircraft, health & safety, news by sally

‘All drones weighing at least 250g, as well as the people operating them, will need to be registered under new regulatory proposals outlined by the UK government.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 25th July 2017

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