UK moves closer to allowing everyday drone delivery with new trials
The UK Civil Aviation Authority has greenlit six trial projects that would help to make beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) drone flights and medical drone delivery an everyday reality in the country.
The trials will be held in sandboxes, aka controlled environments where organizations can test new technologies against the existing regulatory framework and help the UK Civil Aviation Authority to develop more efficient and futuristic regulations.
More specifically, the trials will consider a new policy concept that focuses on a specific type of airspace structure called a temporary reserved area (TRA) that would enable drones to operate safely within the same airspace as other aircraft. Prior to this concept, drone operators wanting to fly BVLOS typically had to apply for a temporary danger area (TDA), which would effectively close a section of airspace for most other users for up to 90 days.
Sophie O’Sullivan, head of future safety and innovation at…