Foster leads debate at major conference on drones

08-Dec-2015 @ 18:0

Jacqueline Foster Jacqueline Foster

Jacqueline Foster Jacqueline Foster

Jacqueline Foster Jacqueline Foster

Conservative Transport Spokesman Jacqueline Foster has reiterated calls for a light-touch, safety-first approach to the proposed regulation of non-military drones at a major aviation industry conference today.

Mrs Foster was a keynote speaker at a wide-ranging debate in Brussels on the development of drones, organised by the influential European Aviation Club, of which she is a longstanding member

The debate follows overwhelming support in the European Parliament in October for Mrs Foster's report, outlining the direction and framework for any legislation on civil drones, from the manufacturing to the end user.

The European Commission has now started the process of coming forward with legislation on this issue.

The North West MEP and Deputy Leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament said: "I was delighted to lead a debate with experts from across the aviation sector on how we can boost drone technology for drones used for non-military purposes.

"The EU – and especially the UK – is already a world-leader in developing these remotely piloted aircraft systems, and their manufacturing and use should not become hampered by unnecessary red tape.

"However safety must always be paramount, and I was pleased to see the European Commission propose a proportionate and flexible approach to safety regulation in yesterday's publication of their aviation strategy.

"I look forward to further discussions with officials and industry experts in the coming months to ensure this exciting and constantly evolving technology can offer further opportunities for boosting jobs and growth."

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