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IAG boss calls for register of drones after near misses with aircraft

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IAG boss calls for register of drones after near misses with aircraft - Airlines publisher
Krista Kuznecova
Country: United Kingdom Aircraft: Drones
Source: The Guardian

Chief executive of British Airways’ owner says drones may become serious risk to air passengers.

The boss of British Airways’ owner IAG has called for a register of drone users after a series of near collisions between passenger planes and unmanned aircraft.

Willie Walsh, IAG’s chief executive, said that “without question” new restrictions should be brought in by the regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority, warning that the growing size and capability of drones would make them a serious risk to air passengers.

Last year 28 near misses with drones and planes were reported around airports in Britain by the UK Airprox Board – including several categorised at the highest level of risk involving commercial airliners.

The pilots’ union, Balpa, has led calls for action on drones, but BA had not previously endorsed its call for specific measures.

Walsh said: “It’s inevitable that we will see more restrictions placed on the ownership and operation of drones. The Irish Aviation Authority have already introduced a register. They are ahead of the game. I’d be surprised if the CAA don’t follow.”

The government last month promised a public consultation on proposals to tighten rules on drones, in the wake of an apparent collision with a BA plane landing at Heathrow that sparked widespread headlines.


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