Portugal Comes Closer to a Drone Crackdown After Airplane Near-Misses


Drones can be fun for hobbyists, but the flying, remote-controlled devices are now taking the place of lasers as the worst nightmare of commercial airline pilots. Associated Press

Skift Take: There hasn't been a confirmed collision between a drone and a commercial aircraft. But the potential for a disaster is real enough that pilots unions in many countries want the hobbyist devices policed. It's hard to disagree.

— Sean O'Neill

Portugal is expediting a law that will introduce mandatory registration and insurance for drones weighing more than 250 grams (8.8 ounces).

The measure follows eight near-misses between drones and commercial aircraft at Portuguese airports in June. Airlines have warned of a potential disaster caused by drones.

Infrastructure Minister Pedro Marques says experts are also developing radar technology that will allow the detection of small unmanned aircraft.

Marques told a parliamentary committee Friday that he doesn’t expect planned European Union-wide legislation on smaller drones to be ready before next year, so the Portuguese government is accelerating its own law for publication by the end of this month.

EU laws currently cover only drones weighing more than 150 kilograms (330 pounds).

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