Anxious About Flying? 10 U.S. Airports With Therapy Animals

While many people enjoy the experience of traveling, not everyone loves getting on an airplane only to spend the next few hours cramped in claustrophobic space. It can be a scary experience that is full of anxiety. The good news is traveling by air doesn’t have to be terrifying. With help from therapy pets, you can get relaxed and feel more at ease before you board your next flight.

These US airports have therapy animals to help individuals face their fears before they fly.

San Jose International Airport

San Jose was the first US airport to introduce therapy dogs, shortly after 9/11. Their original therapy dog, Orion, a Boxer and Great Dane mix, was a huge hit. Over the years, the SJC therapy dog program has grown. They now have 23 dogs who stroll throughout the terminals regularly.

San Francisco International Airport

Meet LiLou, the first airport therapy pig. At San Francisco International Airport, LiLou is helping travelers feel more comfortable before they travel. LiLou is just one of many therapy animals at SFO. They’re all part of the WAG Brigade, a partnership with the San Francisco SPCA. These friendly animals wear “Pet Me” vests and are ready to welcome travelers with licks, hugs, and a whole lot of cuteness.

Look out for LiLou, part of the WAG Brigade, the next time you’re in the Bay Area.Photograph provided courtesy of San Francisco International Airport

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

The DFW K9 Crew features 12 therapy dogs that help alleviate stress while at this busy airport. Dogs are set up in select areas in Terminal B, both before and after security. These furry friends also roam throughout the airport. Each dog has its official DFW K9 Crew uniform on when working so you won’t miss them.

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

Therapy dogs are plentiful at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Their Navigator Buddies program is a volunteer-based program that helps travelers engage with locals and their pets. Therapy dog owners and their furry pals volunteer once a week to walk around the airport and bring laughter and comfort to travelers.

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport introduced their therapy animal program last summer. Their program, known as the Miami Hound Machine, will bring cheer to travelers through the use of therapy dogs. These four-legged creatures will be roaming the busiest parts of MIA.

Denver International Airport

In Denver, they have the Canine Airport Therapy Squad, also known as CATS. More than 100 dogs and one cat named Xeli make up this team of animal therapy friends. Keep an eye out as they travel throughout the airport. They are ready to bring smiles and joy.

Xeli is Denver International Airport’s resident feline. If you’re more of a dog person, don’t worry. There are plenty of pups available to welcome you.Photograph provided courtesy of Denver International Airport

San Antonio International Airport

Airport therapy animals are becoming a thing in Texas. At SAT, they offer the Pups and Planes program. Volunteers and their therapy pets travel throughout the airport to bring happiness. The therapy pups are easy to spot. They all have a blue handkerchief around their neck.

Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport

While in the MSP airport, individuals can meet and greet with therapy dogs. The MSP Animal Ambassadors program hopes to make travel more enjoyable for all. All pups in this program are certified and trained to interact with individuals of all ages.

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport

At CVG, they offer something a little less traditional but still just as cute. This airport has partnered with Seven Oaks Farm and their miniature therapy horses in the Lift program. The horses visit twice a month to ease stress and bring smiles to passengers who are on the go. While mini therapy horses may not be a regular choice for airport therapy animals, the program honors Kentucky’s distinguished equestrian history.

Charlotte Douglas International Airport

For stressed or upset travelers headed through CLT, the CLT Canine Crew is to the rescue. All dogs are certified and have been working for at least one year as therapy animals. Each crew creature visits the airport 2-3 times per month to bring smiles to travelers. Crew creatures are easily identifiable too. They wear a “Pet Me” dog vest and their human handlers wear a CLT Canine Crew shirt.

These are some of the airports throughout the United States that prioritize comfort and happiness for travelers by offering animal therapy programs. It’s no secret that animals bring smiles to both children and adults. It’s nice to know that these airports are finding ways to make everyone feel more comfortable before they take flight.

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Lost luggage: What happens to your baggage after check-in

The sweet relief of watching your luggage appear on a baggage carousel, as it rises out from beneath the underworld of an unfamiliar airport, is an experience every traveller has felt at one point or another. But how does your baggage make it from the check-in desk to your final destination? And what happens if you’re one of the unlucky passengers whose luggage gets lost along the way? Aalia Adam explores how airlines rely on tags, bar codes and networks of conveyor belts to transport suitcases around the globe, and finds out where luggage goes when it misses its connection. For more info, please go to https://globalnews.ca/?p=4720799&prev… Subscribe to Global News Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/20fcXDc Like Global News on Facebook HERE: http://bit.ly/255GMJQ Follow Global News on Twitter HERE: http://bit.ly/1Toz8mt

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New regulations for drones in Canada

New regulations for drones in Canada in wake of recent airport incidences in U.K.

Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau announces new laws and regulations concerning drone flights in Canada. Transport Canada has documented a spike in the number of incidents posing a risk to aviation safety in recent years. The number of reported incidents more than tripled to 135 in 2017 from 38 when data collection began in 2014.

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10 technology trends for airlines and airports to focus on in 2019

At Future Travel Experience, we always start the year by assessing the technologies and trends that will shape the aviation industry over the next 12 months and beyond. Here we highlight some of the hot topics that airports and airlines should keep an eye on in the year to come.

Biometrics

Delta Air Lines, in partnership with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), recently unveiled the first biometric terminal in the United States at ATL Terminal F.

Biometrics has become less of a buzzword and more of a reality in the past year with a number of initiatives coming to fruition and trials taking place across the world. Among the US airlines committed to exploring new and innovative ways to improve passenger processing and the customer experience through biometrics are Delta Air Lines and American Airlines. Delta, in partnership with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), recently unveiled the first biometric terminal in the United States at ATL Terminal F. Meanwhile, American Airlines has become the latest carrier to trial biometrics at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

A number of international airports, including the likes of Changi Airport, Heathrow Airport and Hong Kong International Airport have also launched major biometric-related projects that will play a crucial role in shaping the passenger experience for years to come. Considering the growth projections for Indian aviation, Bengaluru International Airport, the third biggest airport in the country in terms of passenger numbers, has also joined the club and is investing in biometrics to support the momentum of its growth. In a recent interview with FTE, Satyaki Raghunath, Chief Strategy & Development Officer, Bangalore International Airport Ltd. (BIAL), shared his vision: “In essence, your face will become your boarding pass.”

Looking ahead, in the first half of 2019, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is launching a trial of biometric technology at every stage of the passenger journey together with World Travel & Tourism Council, American Airlines, Hilton, and MSC Cruises. Elsewhere, Emirates is also gearing up to launch a so-called “biometric path”, which will offer its passengers a smooth and seamless airport journey at the airline’s Dubai International hub.

At last year’s Future Travel Experience Global conference and exhibition, British Airways Senior Design Manager Raoul Cooper led a Jump Seat debate as part of an ongoing effort to explore and define the future role of biometrics technology in travel. You can see the key takeaways from the debate here.

During 2019, it will be interesting to see how biometrics will bring the industry together to create the airport of tomorrow.

Blockchain

Last year, Singapore Airlines Group’s frequent flyer programme, KrisFlyer, launched KrisPay, which it claims to be “the world’s first blockchain-based airline loyalty digital wallet”.

According to SITA’s 2018 Air Transport IT Insights, 34% of airports are planning blockchain research and development programmes by 2021. One area in which airports see blockchain’s potential is the ability to help improve passenger identification processes, in part by reducing the need for multiple ID checks.

Indeed, we saw a number of exciting initiatives exploring the potential of blockchain emerge in 2018, including Lufthansa Innovation Hub’s Aviation Blockchain Challenge. Last year, Singapore Airlines Group’s frequent flyer programme, KrisFlyer, launched KrisPay, which it claims to be “the world’s first blockchain-based airline loyalty digital wallet”.

In another initiative, which took place in late 2017, we saw Geneva Airport, British Airways, Heathrow Airport, Miami International Airport and SITA Lab join forces in a collaborative project to explore if and how blockchain technology can help to create a “single source of truth” for flight data.

It is still early days for the technology, and its potential is sometimes over-hyped, but in 2019 we can expect more blockchain-related announcements and trials as airlines and airports continue to explore how it might be able to positively impact the industry.Interested in the latest technologies and trends? Sign up to our newsletter >>

Robotics & Autonomous Vehicles

Last year, Munich Airport teamed up with Lufthansa to trial Josie Pepper, a humanoid robot, developed by SoftBank Robotics, which provides information to passengers, using IBM Watson Internet of Things (IoT) cloud-based artificial intelligence technologies.

Robots are becoming a more and more common sight in airport terminals. From Seoul to Seattle to Munich, the past few years have seen airports around the world adopting robotics to engage with customers and optimise efficiency.

Asian airports are currently leading the way, with examples such as Incheon Airport’s Airstar robot, Haneda Robotics Lab’s portfolio of robots, as well as Vistara’s ‘Rada’ robot, which last year became the first robot to appear in an Indian Airport. Elsewhere in Europe, we saw Josie Pepper, Munich Airport’s humanoid robot, also come to life. Robotics could also have a big role to play in the baggage handling sphere. In fact, at Rotterdam The Hague Airport, autonomous baggage handling carts, or baggage robots, are already being trialled.

Thanks to artificial intelligence and machine learning, many of these robots have the ability to learn and expand their knowledge, so they can provide more relevant information to passengers and additional operational benefits to airports and airlines. So, as more airports adopt this trend, the technology will play a crucial part in strengthening the relationship between passengers and airports throughout 2019.

Artificial intelligence (AI)

Working in collaboration with FieldBox.ai, a startup that focuses on industrial operations, data science and software engineering, Groupe ADP has developed a load prediction solution and predictive maintenance capabilities.

Artificial intelligence is about far more than robots, though. A number of airlines and airports have already launched AI-powered products, such as chatbots and virtual assistants. The question now lies in whether this technology can further revolutionise customer service and optimise efficiency.

Groupe ADP, for instance, is one such company that is planning to further explore the potential of AI. In a recent interview with FTE, Sébastien Couturier, Head of Innovation & Corporate Venture, Groupe ADP, shared his views. “AI could be applied tomorrow to every layer of the operational infrastructure, as we see with the new trend in the smart building sector, in robotics, or in autonomous vehicle technologies,” he said.

We’re expecting to hear of more developments in this space throughout the year as AI continues to gain further traction across the industry.Interested in the latest technologies and trends? Sign up to our newsletter >>

Immersive experiences

Inflight VR’s “motion sickness-free” VR inflight entertainment solution has been tested by Iberia in its Premium Lounges at Madrid Airport and onboard select flights.

With consumers becoming more accustomed to using virtual reality (VR) products such as Oculus, Google VR, and PlayStation VR, as well as augmented reality (AR) enabled smartphones, some airports and airlines have taken up the task to create more immersive experiences both in the terminal and in-flight.

Last year, Inflight VR claimed that it has become the first company to introduce a “motion sickness-free” VR inflight entertainment (IFE) solution. The solution has been tested by Iberia in its Premium Lounges at Madrid Airport and onboard select flights. Elsewhere, Etihad and Emirates are among those to have trialled VR headsets in airport lounges, while Alaska Airlines has partnered with SkyLights to trial VR IFE.

Clearly, a number of airlines see some potential in AR and VR, but the jury is still out as to whether the technologies will bring about entirely new forms of inflight and in-lounge entertainment that will stand the test of time.

Mark your diary for FTE’s 2018 conferences and expos: FTE EMEA & FTE Ancillary (18-20 June, Istanbul), FTE Global (4-6 September, Las Vegas), FTE Asia EXPO (12-13 November, Singapore).

Voice technology 

Virgin Australia has become the first airline outside of North America to launch voice check-in through Amazon Alexa, allowing passengers to check in for their flight with the power of their voice.

Voice technology, or voice recognition technology, is becoming embedded in our everyday lives thanks to the likes of Amazon Echo, Google Home and Apple’s Siri, and it’s slowly becoming the norm to casually interact with the technology.

In 2018, joining this trend were Heathrow Airport, which has empowered travellers to ask Alexa for live flight status information, gate updates and details on arrivals and departures, as well as Virgin Australia, which became the first airline outside of North America to launch voice check-in through Amazon Alexa. Just this week it has been announced that United Airlines’ customers can now use Google Assistant to start the check-in process simply by saying “Hey Google, check in to my flight”.

The potential here is huge and voice technology is likely to have a significant impact on the relationships between businesses and their customers – ranging from the way information is requested and shared to how payments are made. Indeed, we can expect that voice technology will have an important role to play in creating a frictionless, more personalised travel experience from home to gate.Interested in the latest technologies and trends? Sign up to our newsletter >>

Cybersecurity

In 2017, SITA and Airbus joined forces to develop the Security Operations Center (SOC) ­– a tailored, industry-wide response to cybersecurity – to provide airlines, airports and other air transport industry stakeholders with information about unusual cyber activity that may impact their business.

Parallel to the ongoing digitalisation within the air transport industry, the number of cyber attacks on companies in the community continues to grow. Among the recent initiatives to strengthen cybersecurity include the opening of Munich Airport’s Information Security Hub, and Airbus and SITA’s Security Operations Center Services.

“Cyber attacks are a very real threat, with the potential for huge knock-on effects in an industry as interwoven as the air transport industry,” said Vivien Eberhardt, Director, SITA Cybersecurity in an interview with FTE in 2018. “Layers upon layers of infrastructure could be impacted, with the consequence on global travel reverberating across the world. That is why the industry has placed such a high priority on cybersecurity to ensure that it stays one step ahead of a potential attack.”

It is essential for the industry to adopt a shared approach to tackling cybercrime, so it is to be expected that in the year ahead we will hear a lot more about how the sector is developing a far more unified approach.

Onboard connectivity – more airlines will start to realise the financial benefits

Finnair’s Wi-Fi service on its wide-body fleet allows the airline to sell ancillary products and services through the free-to-access Nordic Sky portal.

The number of airlines rolling out inflight connectivity (IFC) continues to rise. Last year’s Wi-Fi Report by Routehappy showed that 82 airlines around the world now offer inflight Wi-Fi – a 17% increase on 2017. This is undoubtedly good news for passengers, who are becoming more and more dependent on connectivity. But beyond the obvious benefits for passengers also lies the potential for a strong financial driver for airlines.

Finnair, for instance, is a leader in developing onboard ancillary offerings. The Finnish flag carrier’s main inflight ancillary revenue streams are food and beverage, travel retail and upgrade sales, however, increasingly these services are also being promoted via the carrier’s complimentary inflight Nordic Sky Wi-Fi portal and inflight entertainment system.

It comes as no surprise that the Asian consumer has become a big focus for the airline, as the trend shows that ancillary revenues are higher on Asian routes. Sari Nevanlinna, Head of Ancillary Business, Customer Experience, Finnair previously told FTE: “Localisation is really important to catch the attention of our Asian customers.” To target Chinese shoppers, Finnair has also launched Alipay and is making efforts to localise the tone of voice of its marketing strategy, and enter local platforms such as WeChat.

Improved onboard connectivity also opens new opportunities for partnerships with online streaming services, including the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime. While it might take a few more years for the benefits of the fully connected aircraft to be realised, we can expect 2019 to be a pivotal year for new partnerships in this space.Interested in the latest technologies and trends? Sign up to our newsletter >>

Assistive technology

Houston Airports has partnered with technology company Aira to provide a more accessible passenger experience for blind and low vision travellers.

Technological advancements are also helping to bring about a much-needed change in the way airlines and airports assists travellers with additional needs. Airports and technology companies around the world are already taking welcome action. Edinburgh Airport, for instance, has released an app (developed by Neatebox), which allows passengers to personalise the assistance they require by setting up a profile and requesting assistance in advance of their travel. Several other airports including Houston, Seattle-Tacoma and Heathrow, are among the latest to join technology company Aira’s network, which strives to provide a more accessible passenger experience to blind and low vision travellers through smart glasses and an app. In 2019, we can expect more airports to join this trend as there is much urgency to make travel inclusive for all.

Pioneering commercial partnerships

Dubai International Airport and Deliveroo’s joint concept, named DeliverooDXB, enabled passengers to get freshly-prepared food delivered straight to their boarding gates within minutes of ordering.

As part of their efforts to find innovative ways to best serve passengers, airports are increasingly investing in strategic partnerships with some of today’s leading forces in retail and customer service.

Last year, Dubai International Airport became the first airport to partner with Deliveroo, one of the global leaders in food delivery. The unique concept – named DeliverooDXB – which was trialled at the airport, enabled passengers to get freshly-prepared food delivered straight to their boarding gates within minutes of ordering. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in partnership with HMSHost International also followed suit. Tanja Dik, Director of Consumer Products & Services at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, stated that one of the motivations was to explore a more practical side, as it could potentially help the airport overcome the fact that space for additional catering outlets is limited. “That’s why we come up with innovative concepts like this and keep a close eye on trends in technological and digital developments,” she said. “If we see opportunities, we’ll then implement them in the hope that we can improve the passenger experience even further.”

There is also some speculation that the recently introduced Amazon Go concept could soon appear at airports. Indeed, Amazon Go’s slogan “No Lines, No Checkout” would seem to be an ideal fit for the airport environment.

To help you keep on top of the latest technologies and trends in the air transport and travel industry, Future Travel Experience will bring its renowned conferences and expos to Istanbul, Las Vegas and Singapore in 2019. Mark your diary for FTE EMEA & FTE Ancillary (Istanbul, 18-20 June), FTE Global (Las Vegas, 4-6 September), and FTE Asia EXPO (12-13 November, Singapore). You can also learn from the industry’s first-movers throughout the year by joining the FTE Innovation & Startup

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Indian airports are taking steps to reduce plastic waste

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When it comes to generating plastic waste, India is certainly no laggard. A staggering 25,940 tons of plastic waste is generated in the country every single day. Around 80% of plastic products are discarded and at least 40% of plastic waste is left uncollected.

Encouragingly, though, the planet’s second most populous nation is making efforts to reduce its massive amounts of plastic waste. The federal government has been developing better waste management infrastructure through projects such as “Swachh Bharat” (Clean India), while various states have been doing likewise.

Now the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has also joined in he clean-up initiatives. The AAI has declared 16 of the 90 airports under its purview free of single-use plastic products, meaning no such items are sold on site. It’s also considering enacting a similar ban on all single-use plastic items at 34 airports, which together handle 1 million passengers annually.

“[T]he AAI has decided to make its airports plastic free by banning the use of single-use plastic items on the premises across the country,” a company spokesperson said. “Various steps, including banning of single-use plastic items like straws, plastic cutleries, plastic plates, have been undertaken to eliminate the single-use plastic items at passenger terminals and city side.”

In addition, many local airports will be ditching disposable plastic products in favor of eco-friendly sustainable alternatives. In terminals bio-degradable garbage bags will be placed in garbage bins and plastic bottles will be crushed at machines and collected for recycling.

“Indira Gandhi International Airport has also started the process of not using plastic for grocery bags, food packaging, bottles, straws, containers, cups and cutlery,” The Hindustan Times notes. “The Bengaluru International Airport has also been moving in that direction.”

There is more. The AAI is also working on plans to use some of the discarded plastic waste to lay or repair roads around or near airports. “The roads made of plastic waste will be considered as a green initiative,” a senior official at the airport authority said. “The plan is to use the plastic [waste products] in a better way instead of sending them to the dumpyard.”

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Airports say they are cracking down on drones after Heathrow incident

UK aviation minister Baroness Sugg and security minister Ben Wallace will hold a meeting with airport bosses

Planes at Terminal 5 at Heathrow after departures were temporarily suspended following reports of drones at the airport (PA)
Planes at Terminal 5 at Heathrow after departures were temporarily suspended following reports of drones at the airport (PA)

By Neil Lancefield

January 10 2019 7:26 AM

Airports say they are stepping up measures to stop drones grounding flights after the latest incident at Heathrow.

Departures at the west London hub were suspended for around an hour on Tuesday night after a drone was spotted.

This came three weeks after drone sightings caused chaos at Gatwick in the run-up to Christmas, affecting the travel plans of 140,000 passengers as the runway was closed.

Police have appealed for information to help them trace the owner and operator of the Heathrow drone, and said “the criminal investigation continues”.

UK aviation minister Baroness Sugg and security minister Ben Wallace will hold a meeting with airport bosses on Thursday to discuss plans to crack down on the problem of drone misuse near airports.

The Department for Transport said the Government is working with the aviation industry to explore technical solutions.

A spokesman for the Airport Operators Association, a trade association representing UK airports, said: “In light of events at Gatwick and Heathrow, airports are working together, as well as with Government and the police, to see what lessons can be learnt.

“This includes looking at what technology is available and what deterrent action, such as increased police patrols, can be taken.”

The group is reviewing whether it wants the Government to introduce legislation which would make it mandatory for drones to be fitted with geo-fencing technology to stop them entering no-fly zones, such as airports.

Heathrow would not be drawn on what action it is taking to stop drone incursions, but the airport recently said it is investing millions of pounds in equipment to prevent future flight disruption.

The police and Government were criticised during the Gatwick incident by some passengers who felt they were too slow to ground the drones or apprehend their operators.

Devices which detect, track and ground drones have been installed at the West Sussex airport.

The Anti-Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Defence System was developed by three UK-based firms and has been pictured in use on the roof of Gatwick’s South Terminal.

Drone flying instructor Mitchell Apple warned that a lack of “personal responsibility” is a factor in drone misuse.

Speaking from the show floor of the CES technology show in Las Vegas, he said the devices are “just another tool” which can be used “however a person wants to”.

He added: “You could use a car to drive somebody to a hospital, or you can use a car to drive into somebody and send them to a hospital.”

The military was brought in on Tuesday night to assist with the anti-drone operation at Heathrow.

Commander Stuart Cundy, of the Metropolitan Police, said “significant resources” had been deployed to monitor the airspace and “quickly detect and disrupt any illegal drone activity”.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said: “We are deploying specialist equipment to Heathrow Airport at the request of the Metropolitan Police.”

A Heathrow spokeswoman said the airport would “continue to work closely with the Metropolitan Police on their ongoing investigations”.

Following the end of the initial drone-related disturbance at Gatwick, Mr Wallace said: “I can say that we are able to now deploy detection systems throughout the UK to combat this threat.”

On Tuesday, the Government announced a package of measures designed to give police extra powers to combat drones.

The exclusion zone around airports will be extended to approximately a 5km-radius (3.1 miles), with additional extensions from runway ends.

Ministers also announced that from November 30, operators of drones weighing between 250g and 20kg will be required to register and take an online drone pilot competency test.

Police will also be able to issue fixed-penalty notices for minor drone offences to ensure immediate and effective enforcement of the new rules.

Fines of up to £100 could be given for offences such as failing to comply with a police officer when instructed to land a drone, or not showing their registration to operate a drone.

source : Press Association https://www.independent.ie/life/travel/travel-news/airports-say-they-are-cracking-down-on-drones-after-heathrow-incident-37698475.html

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Drone safety: Scanning technology will not be installed in the Central West

NEW drone-hunting technology being rolled out at major Australian airports will not be put in place across the Central West.

Commencing this month, drones that breach a 5.5 kilometre exclusion zone around the country’s major airports will be electronically scanned for serial numbers and the owner’s location.

The scanning technology is aimed at thwarting drone attacks and comes in the wake of the closure of Britain’s Gatwick Airport after drones infiltrated the restricted airspace.

READ MORE: New regulations are coming in for recreational drone users

Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) spokesman Peter Gibson told The Sydney Morning Herald that the industry faced a growing risk that collisions with drones could bring down passenger planes.

Despite this, the technology will not be rolled out to the Central West.

Parkes Shire councillor Alan Ward, who is the Parkes Regional Airport Sub-Committee chair, said flying drones in close proximity to the airport impacted on aviation safety for passenger flights, freight providers and general aviation.

A collision with a drone can cause significant damage to a plane of any size.Parkes Shire councillor and Parkes Regional Airport Sub-Committee chair Alan Ward

“A collision with a drone can cause significant damage to a plane of any size,” he said.

Mr Ward said any breach of CASA’s drone safety rules at Parkes Airport would be reported by council.

“There are significant penalties for breaking these rules, including fines of up to $10,000,” he said.

Mr Ward said Parkes Airport was covered in the ‘Can I Fly Here?’ app which council encouraged all drone users to visit before flying.

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“The app uses data from Airservices Australia to illustrate where you are permitted to fly,” he said.

In Bathurst, deputy mayor Bobby Bourke said the use of drones had the potential to cause “substantial issues to aircraft operations around an airport”.

“The use of drones would pose a low risk at Bathurst Airport in comparison to major international airports,” he said.

NO SCANNING: New drone scanning technology will not be installed across the Central West. Photo: FILE

NO SCANNING: New drone scanning technology will not be installed across the Central West. Photo: FILE

“Most drones have devices installed that restrict their ability to operate within restricted airspace, and these devices automatically shut down when they detect this is the case.”

Meanwhile, a Dubbo Regional Council spokeswoman said a review of drone operations was currently underway.

“Drones are not permitted to operate within a 5.5km radius of the airport under CASA regulations,” she said.

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“In the event of a breach the appropriate authorities are notified, such as air services, CASA [and] police.”

While Orange City Council manager of corporate and community relations Nick Redmond said while Orange was not a controlled airport, there were regulations in place which were aimed at keeping drones well away from controlled air space.

“There are also regulations which are aimed at keeping drones well away from aircraft,” he said.

If anyone flying a drone become aware of a nearby plane or helicopter they are required to land as soon as possible.Orange City Council manager of corporate and community relations Nick Redmond

“If anyone flying a drone become aware of a nearby plane or helicopter they are required to land as soon as possible.”

Mr Redmond said CASA’s new requirements for recreational drone users, that are due to start in mid-2019, were a positive step for the community’s safety.

“The move by CASA to expand the requirement for all drones to be registered will increase the amount of skill training and safety awareness by drone pilots,” he said.

New rules for recreational drone users

From mid-2019 a new national registration scheme will determine that all recreational drone users with a device weighing at least 250 grams to complete a safety and training course.

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) guidelines are aimed at making it safer for aircraft and also people on the ground. Read more.

Rules for drone flying

  • You must not fly your drone higher than 120 metres (400 ft) above the ground.
  • You must not fly your drone over or near an area affecting public safety or where emergency operations are underway (without prior approval). This could include situations such as a car crash, police operations, a fire and associated firefighting efforts, and search and rescue operations.
  • You must not fly your drone within 30 metres of people, unless the other person is part of controlling or navigating the drone.
  • You must fly only one drone at a time.
  • You must only fly during the day and keep your drone within visual line-of sight. This means being able to orientate, navigate and see the aircraft with your own eyes at all times (rather than through a device; for example, through goggles or on a video screen).
  • You must not fly over or above people. This could include festivals, sporting ovals, populated beaches, parks, busy roads and footpaths.
  • You must not operate your drone in a way that creates a hazard to another aircraft, person, or property
  • You must not operate your drone in prohibited or restricted areas.
  • Approval is generally linked to an approved model flying association and its members
  • Please respect personal privacy. Don’t record or photograph people without their consent—this may breach state laws.

If your drone weighs more than 100 grams

  • You must keep your drone at least 5.5 kilometres away from controlled aerodromes (usually those with a control tower)
  • You may fly within 5.5km of a non-controlled aerodrome or helicopter landing site (HLS) only if manned aircraft are not operating to or from the aerodrome. If you become aware of manned aircraft operating to or from the aerodrome/ HLS, you must manoeuvre away from the aircraft and land as soon as safely possible. This includes: not operating your drone within the airfield boundary (*without approval); and not operating your drone in the approach and departure paths of the aerodrome (*without approval)

Tips for flying within the law

  • There might be local council and/or national park laws prohibiting drone flights in certain areas.
  • Research the area you plan to fly and contact your council or national park if you’re unsure.
  • Don’t operate near emergency services aircraft – if you fly, they can’t.

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