Cork Airport has launched an awareness campaign aimed at drone users. In conjunction with the IAA, the body responsible for safety regulation and air traffic control, it is placing signage around the airport perimeter at various approach locations to runways. The “No Drone Zone” signage was designed by the airport and the IAA.
Ciaran Carton, General Manager Operations, at Cork Airport said: “While we haven’t had any issues with drones to date, we’ve decided to take a proactive approach and educate drone users and the wider community on responsible drone usage. Cork Airport is the first Irish airport to launch a campaign like this one and a similar approach is likely to be adopted in other airports”.
Cathal MacCriostail, IAA Manager Airspace and Navigation commended Cork Airport for the initiative: “It is great to see Cork Airport take a proactive approach, given the increased usage of drones in Ireland. It is the responsibility of users to ensure the safety of the public when flying drones. It is also their responsibility to familiarise themselves with the regulations. There are a number of limitations on where users can fly their drones. This includes the airspace within 5 kilometres of an aerodrome, where the flying of drones could be hazardous to aircraft.”
The airport says a good example of how drones can be used effectively and creatively is a recent collaboration by AirCam Ireland, Cork Airport and the IAA. Under strict safety conditions, Air Cam Ireland captured some fantastic drone footage of Cork Airport at sunrise as part of a promotional video https://youtu.be/arPSmgyL3Wk used to secure an aviation conference for next year.