back to article Let's learn from drone cockups: Confidential reports service opens up to unmanned fliers

Fresh from the latest Gatwick drone controversy, aviation charity CHIRP is launching a confidential drone incident reporting service for commercial and recreational drone fliers. The free-to-use service mirrors CHIRP's existing manned aviation functions, in which pilots and aviation professionals of all hues raise issues of …

  1. iron Silver badge

    > With the use of drones so rapidly on the rise in recent years and so many high-profile drone-related incidents disrupting flights at airports

    Name one other than the still unproven incidents at Gatwick.

    1. Martin Gregorie Silver badge

      Dunstable a year or two back: a two-seat training glider on finals at the London Gliding Club had a near miss on a drone, which was so close that there was absolutely no question of it being anything else.

      There was absolutely no excuse for the drone to be where it was because (a) gliders will have been using that same approach path all day and (b) where it was being flown from was very close to Luton airspace. I've flown at LGC, so have received the club's airspace briefing and know just how close the clubs' airfield is to Luton airspace.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    so many high-profile drone-related incidents disrupting flights

    So many false reports of what used to be plastic bags until the drone excuse came along.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    aviation charity

    er... WHAT?! Are they a non-profit with a budget of (...) dedicated to the protection of endangered drone species? Reproduction of human pilots? Preservation of avians? Re-housing of missing avatars? :(

  4. Danny 2 Silver badge


    Chirp's "Flying Displays & Special Events Report Form" crashes and burns!

    Server Error in '/' Application.

    A potentially dangerous Request.Path value was detected from the client (&).

  5. Clive Galway

    The registration of drone operators becomes mandatory in the UK from tomorrow

    Only for drones >=250g

  6. Christoph Silver badge

    "Just Culture is one of the keystones of conventional aviation safety."

    And with very good reason - lack of that was a contributing factor to the Tenerife disaster.

  7. macjules Silver badge

    A drone is not just for Christmas ..

    Just got referred to the site for an Operator ID and a bit confused about this. The site states that "You must be at least 18 years old to get an operator ID. You must be at least 13 years old to get a flyer ID." yet defines both as this:

    You both fly and are responsible for them = flyer ID and operator ID @ £9 charge

    You just fly other people's = flyer ID @ no charge

    You’re only responsible and do not fly = operator ID @£9

    Does this mean that you can own a drone and not fly it but you must be 18+ or own and fly it and be 13+. If I buy a drone for someone under 18, do they then become the operator, as the 'owner' and not the 'flyer'?

    I hope to God there are clearer guidelines for commercial jet pilots.

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