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Further Government statements on the role of the current drones dialogue in 10-year strategy

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The Government's plans for its 10-year national UAV strategy (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), especially the central role of public dialogue, were covered in a recent article drawing on statements by Government officials.

The article cites Paul Cremin, Head of UK Aviation Operational Safety and Emerging Technologies at the Department for Transport (DfT) who is quoted as saying that the government has committed itself to pursuing "an aggressive timetable" to get to grips with the regulatory issues surrounding the development and use of UAVs, with the goal of becoming a world leader in the field. He went on:

"The UK is now working to co-ordinate across Whitehall to make sure that there is a coherent government message, from the Cabinet down, on [UAVs]. We will enter into a public dialogue on the subject in November, before publishing a 10-year national strategy in the summer of 2016 that will cover every element of the future use of UAVs, [including] the technology and their regulation. The UK should be leading these developments, [and] we want to be three to four years ahead of Europe on this," he said, adding; "Our vision is to create an environment and infrastructure to drive the growth [of UAVs], and to reassure societal concerns on the issue."

The article continues:

"Cremin acknowledged that the current chief inhibitors to expanding the unmanned sector are the caution of the regulators, and public mistrust of the technology and its applications. ... According to the government, the UAV industry (excluding what is known as the 'small drone' sector) could be worth up to GBP7.7 billion to the UK economy by 2033".

The article is by Gareth Jennings, published in IHS Airport 360 on 14 September, entitled 'UK Government sets out plans for future UAV strategy', based on  Government announcements at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) exhibition in London.