European Parliament clears drone regulations for takeoff
Regulations to protect people from falling drones moved a little closer to takeoff at the European Parliament on Thursday.
Ensuring drone safety took on a new urgency this week, with GoPro’s recall of its Karma drone after unexplained mid-air power failures caused a number of them to drop out of the sky.
Under the European Union’s proposed regulations, drones will have to be registered so that their owners can be identified. While that won’t in itself stop drones from falling, it could lead pilots to take their responsibilities more seriously, legislators hope.
A 1-kilogram drone like the Karma falling from as little as 11 meters (around three stories) could kill even someone wearing a safety helmet, according to a calculator developed by the Dropped Object Prevention Scheme, which promotes safety in the oil and gas industry.