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Rise in incident reports involving drones in the Netherlands
23 June 2015
Typical small drone with camera (photo: Don McCullough / CC:by)

Typical small drone with camera (photo: Don McCullough / CC:by)

The Dutch Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate reports a rising trend in the number of incident reports involving drones in the Netherlands.

The number of incident reports increased from 8 in 2012 to 27 in 2014. The increase in the number of reports is likely due to the increased use of drones.

Since 2012, the Inspectorate received 36 incident reports involving multiple aircraft are involved. Most incidents were reported by general aviation pilots and low-flying aircraft like medevac helicopters. Most likely recreational drone users were involved in these incidents.

Since July 1, 2013 drone operators risk a charge by Dutch police when they do not comply with the rules. Thirty drone operators were charged by police in 2013 and 2014. This involves violation such as flying without clearance from local air traffic control, professional flight without exemption, flying at night or in low visibility conditions and flying over people and buildings. The number of fines for model aircraft/drone recreational users is significantly higher than for professional users.

The Inspectorate states that pilots may not realise that drones and model aircraft may be operated to a height of 300 m (1000 ft) in uncontrolled Class G airspace.