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CAA hails prosecution of illegal UAV flight

2nd April 2014 - 14:07 GMT | by Beth Stevenson in London


Public understanding of the legal restrictions surrounding the use of UAVs in UK airspace has been called into question following the first prosecution for the illegal flight of an unmanned system over a sensitive military facility.

Robert Knowles reportedly flew a remote controlled aircraft over a BAE Systems plant in Barrow-in-Furness and on 1 April was subsequently found guilty and fined £800 at Furness and District Magistrate Court.

The case was initiated by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), which said in a statement that it ‘raised important safety issues concerning recreational flying of unmanned aircraft’. The CAA was also

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Beth Stevenson


Beth Stevenson

Beth is a former senior reporter for Digital Battlespace and Unmanned Vehicles magazines. Beth graduated …

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