New Drone Laws
New drone regulations come into force as of the 13th March this year. The recently imposed restriction on drone flight within 1km from the outer boundary of a protected aerodrome
As a five yearly requirement the sea defences of Torness Nuclear Power Station require a documented aerial survey so trends in general movement can be monitored. the sea defences consist a primary and seconday sea wall behind a build up of rocks and special pre-fabricated shaped concrete structures designed to dissipate the energy of waves.
The commission came in direct from EDF Energy, the French state owned energy company who own and operate the power station. They opted to use a drone in lieu of a manned aircraft due to the non availability of the aircraft.
In order to operate a UAV at this sensitive site special permission was required from the CAA due to the area being a restricted area or a No Fly Zone for any and all aircraft, manned or otherwise.