The Safe Use of Drones
Article Index
The Safe Use of Drones
1.1 How Dangerous Are Drones Anyway
1.2 New Zealand Drone Safety Video
1.3 Five Things to Know Before Flying a Drone
1.4 NASAs UAS Traffic Management Convention 2015: The Next Era of Aviation
2.1 Safety Enhancing Drone Earns Innovation Award: Maritime Safety
2.2 Drone Hero Euro Award Winners: DroneRadar
2.3 The UAE Drones For Good Award
2.4 Accenture Innovation Awards: Domestic Drone
2.5 New Drone Safety Initiatives
3.1 Drone Code Awareness Leaps 50 Per Cent Following CAA Safety Campaign
3.2 Safe Drones for Inaccessible Places
3.3 Taking Insurance Business Operations to New Heights with Drones
3.4 Drone Safety Program That Could Pave the Way for Business Use of UAVs
3.5 DJI Introduces New Geofencing System for Drones
4.1 Analysis of New Drone Incident Reports
4.2 Global Drone Laws: Out of the Toy Box
4.3 Privacy Issues and the Use of UAS/Drones in Maryland
4.4 How Drones are Advancing Scientific Research
4.5 Interesting Drone Statistics and Facts
5.1 Small Unmanned Aircraft Guide, Rules and Flowchart
5.2 Dublin Airport Launches No Drone Zone Awareness Campaign
5.3 Unlocking the UKs High Tech Economy: Government Response
5.4 Safety Information Leaflet on Professional Drone Flying
5.5 Aviation Group Pushes Drone Safety Campaign
5.6 Drones to Be Registered and Users to Sit Safety Tests
5.7 Public Dialogue on Drone Use in the United Kingdom
5.8 Worlds 10 Most Effective Advertising Campaigns
6.1 KPIs and Goals to Improve an Aviation Safety Regulation System
6.2 Collaborative Engagement to Promote a Positive Safety Culture
6.3 Government Communication Advice - Evaluating your Campaign
6.4 Evaluating the Impact of Your Campaign
7. What do business leaders say about the safe use of drones?
This report outlines the best practices research undertaken by in the safe use of drones and how drones have enhanced safety. The best practices have been compiled under seven main headings. This layout is designed to enable you to scan subjects that are of interest to you and your organisation, quickly assess their importance, and download relevant information for further study or to share with your colleagues.

In This Report

  1. What is meant by the‘safe use of drones’?
  2. Which organisations have received recognition for excellence in the safe use of drones or in the way they have used drones to enhance safety?
  3. How have organisations reached high levels of success in the safe use of drones, and how drones are used to enhance safety?
  4. What research has been undertaken into the safe use of drones?
  5. What tools and methods are used to achieve high levels of success in the safe use of drones?
  6. How can the safe use of drones be measured?
  7. What do business leaders say about the safe use of drones?

The Definition

A drone is the more familiar term for an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or an unmanned aircraft system (UAS). It refers to an aircraft of any size or type that is able to fly by itself without a pilot on board. The safe use of drones implies that, when flying a drone for any purpose, the user has to abide by the laws and guidelines of the country or city concerned. These guidelines can generally be obtained from the national aviation authority or local city council. This issue will also examine situations in which drones are used when it is considered too risky or difficult for a human pilot.

The Stage

Drones were first used for military purposes. Over the years, however, technological advances have made drones more affordable and, consequently, more popular. They are now used, increasingly widely, for commercial, professional, and leisure purposes. This proliferation of drone use has meant that public safety and privacy have become an increasing concern. The aviation authorities in many countries and, indeed, major cities have put in place laws and guidelines for the safe use of drones in airspace so as to prevent accidents or misuse.
In general, drones are meant to cut costs for their operator or to remove risks associated with a piloted aircraft. Drones can be as small as a fly or as large as a 50-metre plane. A 2014 study estimates the market for drones will increase to some US $91 billion by 2024, with China being the biggest producer of drones for all types of purposes. Whatever their purpose, people are increasingly worried about drones and the consequences of their use. The number of incidents recorded by authorities—such as the Federal Aviation Authority in the United States—is also on the rise. These incidents include the involvement of drones in minor accidents or flying in restricted areas. More alarmingly, they also include near misses with commercial planes, some of whom have had to perform evasive manoeuvres to avoid a collision.
This publication includes articles on global efforts to address concerns about how drones, with the rapid development of new technologies, are going to infiltrate every part of society, and about how potential risks might be mitigated.

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