UK CAA urges for more large UAV testing

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The UK Civil Aviation Authority’s unmanned air vehicle lead has expressed disappointment at the lack of UAV operators and developers that are coming forward to test larger systems in UK airspace.

Speaking at the IQPC UAS Training and Simulation conference in London on 10 December, Gerry Corbett conveyed his dissatisfaction in the lack of progress, especially considering that the UK has test facilities to facilitate the integration of larger UAVs.

Corbett is an advocate of safe UAV integration in the UK, and stresses that the airspace is open as long as regulations are adhered to and that safety is at the forefront: “The airspace is ready but the unmanned technology isn’t,” he says.

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