The unmanned aircraft system has created much controversy recently, after the technology was spotted near an aircraft at Liverpool airport, and at the tremendous height of The Shard in London.
Four drone near misses involving passenger aircrafts have been reported within a month, raising questions as to whether the UK should sustain more control over models as they present potential aviation risks.
Popularly rising to the top of every tech-lovers Christmas list, drone technology has come on leaps and bounds, with some of the more expensive aircrafts even reaching heights of 11,000 feet.
Reports say the passenger jet at Liverpool John Lennon Airport almost experienced a collision when a drone came within five metres of the plane’s wing-tip as the aircraft was taking off.
Whereas the incident near the Shard occurred when a flight was descending into Heathrow, leaving the pilot unable to prevent any possible catastrophe that may have occurred. Flying at 1500 metres and coming within 20 metres of the Airbus A320, civil aviation rules were clearly broken as the drone exceeded an altitude of 120 metres.
Both of the drone pilots have yet to be found.
These incidents are two of the 56 that have occurred this year, nearly double of those reported in 2015. This has resulted in Heathrow airport calling for restrictions regarding civilian drone owners, as they propose potential risk by flying their equipment near larger aircrafts and in private areas such as airports.
With the torrential weather the UK faces combined with the vast amount of birds gliding through the skies, can we really afford to have drones contributing to our airborne experiences?