Massport urging new drone pilots to stay away from aircraft

BOSTON — Massport is launching a new campaign urging new drone pilots to learn the rules, and to keep away from aircraft.

”Our biggest concern is regarding the careless, the clueless, and the uninformed,” Massport Security Director Hank Shaw said.

Since 2016, MassPort has placed 200 “No Drone” signs in parks near Logan airport and other Massport sites.

The message to new drone pilots: Keep your drones away from aircraft.

Shaw said most drone pilots are licensed and aware of rules governing safe drone operation. But he said there is concern that new pilots might not be fully aware that a drone strike with an aircraft can be very serious.

”The last thing anyone wants is any kind of accident based on the fact that a drone operator didn’t fully know what the rules were,” Shaw said.

The FAA recently updated its drone regulations. Among the most important changes: drones weighing at least half a pound, must be registered with the FAA. And drone pilots must carry proof of registration with them whenever they fly.

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