Researchers Outline What the U.K. Drone Industry Needs
In “Digitise the Skies,” researchers suggest the the U.K. invest £10m “in making recreational aircraft visible to drones” which “would remove major barrier to innovation and set stage for 420,000% return,” says publishers. The paper also suggests that the U.K. drone industry would benefit from the appointment of a a “Minister of Drones.”
The drone economy is set to be worth £42 billion to the UK by 2030, according to a separate report, by PwC. This will not be realised, however, without Government intervention to make all recreational aircraft electronically visible to drones, say Digitise the Skies’ co-authors Sam Dumitriu and Anton Howes.
The problem of small recreational aircraft – manned aircraft – is not unique to the U.K. While most manned aircraft are required to carry systems that communicate their location for air traffic control, smaller – and often older – recreational aircraft are not required to be equipped. This…