Consortiq has completed the delivery of a beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) drone training course to the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).
Following a change in regulations from the U.K. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on July 31 to relax rules for emergency services’ use of drones, the PSNI reached out to Consortiq for training, the company says.
The CAA’s Official Record Series (ORS) 4 No. 1233, which outlined a relaxation of the normal operating limits for emergency service operators – subject to certain criteria’s being met – will apply to major incidents, explains Consortiq.
A major incident in this regard is defined as “one which is beyond the scope of business-as-usual operations and is likely to involve serious harm, damage, disruption or risk to human life or welfare, essential services, the environment or national security”.
Operators can now fly out to 1,000 meters (approximately 3,281 feet) – or even beyond 2,000 meters (6,562 feet) in exceptional circumstances – following a decision by the appropriate level of tactical command for the incident, says Consortiq.
Consortiq’s customer success manager, Séamus Kearns, who is also a search and rescue volunteer, says, “It was a fantastic opportunity and privilege to help drive drone capability forward for the emergency services. This will ultimately contribute to helping to protect and save lives of the public. Drones offer significant advantages, and we are seeing widespread use with many forces.”