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New Laws for Drone Users Across Europe and UK


As of December 31, 2020, the new European Drone Regulations spread out by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) will come into power, making the way for an epoch of harmonization across the 27 EU Member States as well as Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, and the UK. The set of new rules clarify where drones can be flown, just making it simpler to follow/trace the owners. The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) issued the rules, they have anticipated that there will be an escalation in the number of drone clients after they eliminated the differentiation among recreational and business applications.

At first, these drones didn't need to be enlisted because of their sub-250g weight, yet this prerequisite has now been extended out to all drones with a camera. This implies proprietors of those drones, or any with a camera, should enlist their drone with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and get an Operator ID. All drone proprietors in the UK will require two IDs before flying outside: the Flyer ID, which includes breezing through a short online assessment, and an Operator ID, which means enrolling your drone at an expense of £9 every year. 

Three new classifications will consider the drone you have and where you mean to fly it, this will, at last, make it workable for novice drone pilots without a qualification. These categories are Open, Specific, and Certified. These have various prerequisites as far as training is concerned and the kinds of drones you can utilize. Recreational flying will be covered by the 'Open' category. 

Open category: The Open Category is for what are viewed as generally low-risk flights and will apply to the sort of consumer drones that most of the novice drone pilots use. It further has three subcategories – A1, A2, and A3.
 • A1 - drones weighing under 250g (0.55lb) can be flown over individuals. 
 • A2 - drones weighing more than 250g however under 2kg should be flown at least 50m (164ft) away from individuals. 
 • A3 - drones weighing more than 2kg should be flown well away from individuals. 

Specific category: The Specific Category covers drone flights that represent more danger than the 'Open' Category and requires a degree of planning, similar to all current commercial activities. The CAA will distribute a bunch of pre-characterized situations and danger assessments.

Certified category: The Certified Category identifies with complex tasks, for example, those where parcels or even individuals are conveyed by the drone. This category is profoundly trained professionals and won't apply to the vast majority of drone pilots.

Elliott Corke, director of Global Drone Training, said, “We would encourage people to read the manual and practise somewhere safe first.”

The Need for Smart Cities in the Post-Pandemic World

Due to coronavirus pandemic, there has been a lockdown worldwide, and it seems, the streets and the normal life has been put on hold. While many people have complained about not getting to go out and enjoy, some people have also cherished their times at home and say it is a good thing, as it has caused the betterment of the environment and planet earth. Going through this current phase, the common question is, 'What happens after all this ends?' And more importantly, 'The concept of smart cities making these improvements permanent.'

This lockdown showed the importance of technology during times of crisis and has raised the question about the future of smart cities. In Singapore, drones were used to ensure people followed the social distancing protocol. Whereas in North Carolina, drones had delivered emergency health supplies to hospitals and people at home. Daniel Rus, a scientist at MIT, and her lab designed a robot used to disinfect food banks in Boston.

In an interview with BBC News, Daniel said that robots are playing a vital role in the fight against the pandemic. According to her, robots might play an essential role in the future when smart cities are built. In the present times, the cities gather data from sensors all over the city, such as traffic lights, lamp posts, or cameras. The data obtained helps determine the AQI (Air Quality Index) and the traffic situation in an area, all of which allows the human life. The lockdown made people realize the importance of such data. For instance, for the first time, people want to know the transport that has come in and went out of the city. They want to know whether the people around them are healthy or not.

Therefore, the post coronavirus world should consider whether they need such technology or not; that is, should the electric vehicles mandated in cities as they offer a better environment? Companies are starting to think about the "Work from Home" concept, as they have realized the additional resources and money that is spent on offices.