Lords examines Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Bill

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13 February 2020

The House of Lords continued committee stage, detailed line by line examination, of the Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Bill on Wednesday 12 February.

Members discussed a range of topics concerning unmanned vehicles, including:

  • powers to confiscate vehicles
  • geo-fencing and remote identification
  • inbuilt safety features.

Report stage, a further chance to examine the bill and make changes, is yet to be scheduled.

Lords committee stage day one: Monday 10 February

Members discussed a range of subjects, including:

  • an appropriate appeals procedure for the airspace modernisation master plan
  • government reporting on Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) resources
  • requirement of the Secretary of State to report on total emissions of greenhouse gases from aircraft beginning or ending their flight in UK airspace over a 12 month period.

Lords second reading: Monday 27 January

Members discussed a number of subjects highlighted by the bill, including:

  • the rapid rate of drone technology development
  • the bill's civil aviation remit and its impact on the Ministry of Defence and the RAF
  • the detail of the Civil Aviation Authority's strategic modernisation programme.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton (Conservative), Parliamentary Under Secretary at the Department for Transport, opened the debate on the bill and responded on behalf of the government.

Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Bill summary

This bill aims to:

  • make changes to airspace arrangements, air traffic services and licensing
  • provide greater enforcement capability to police regarding the use of drones.

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