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Airport unveils drone policy

August 4th, 2016 11:15 AM

By Southern Star Team

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CORK Airport has become the first airport in Ireland to launch a campaign aimed at reducing the risk to commerical aircraft from drones.

‘While we haven’t had any issues with drones to date, we’ve decided to take a proactive approach and educate drone users and the wider community on responsible drone usage,’ said Ciaran Carton, the airport’s general manager, operations. Cork Airport is the first Irish airport to launch such a campaign and a similar approach is likely to be adopted in other airports.

The number of incidents involving drones and aircraft on approach or departure from aerodromes across Europe has increased in recent years. In conjunction with the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA), the body responsible safety regulation and air traffic control, Cork Airport is placing signage around the airport perimeter at various approach locations to runways. The ‘No Drone Zone’ signage was designed by the airport and the IAA.

Drone users are being urged to make themselves fully aware of the safety regulations now in force when it comes to flying drones in restricted areas. 

‘It’s great to see Cork Airport take a proactive approach, given the increased usage of drones,’ said Cathal MacCriostail of the IAA. 

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