As you probably know by now, Gatwick Airport closed for an entire day due to a rogue drone hanging about its airspace. Sean McKee, Director of Policy and Public Affairs for the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry rightfully said that “It was alarming to watch a major strategic infrastructure asset being brought to a standstill. Airports, airlines and business travelers can now reasonably expect the Government to look at what steps they can move on swiftly, to avoid any repetition.”
Policy development at the government level (globally) always finds itself several steps behind technology (we need policymakers who are effective visionaries). However, here is a PSA for all sUAS (small Unmanned Aircraft Systems) pilots who love to use them for photography, videos, and other cool stuff:
Distinguish the difference between private, commercial and public sUAS operations
Differentiate requirements for legal operation of an sUAS in the National Airspace System (NAS)
Recognize requirements for operating an sUAS under Part 107 of the FAA and its exceptions
Understand sUAS command, control and communications methods
If possible, take an FAA-approved sUAS course through a local university, college or school of aeronautics
If birds can take down commercial airliners, just watch this video of what a drone can do. I know directly from military and private pilots, that flying an aircraft around a drone is nerve-wracking because drones seem very unpredictable. I like my pilots to not be stressed out by jackass behaviour and focused on the task at hand. Please be a conscientious UAV user and study as much as you can about sUAS. Although it seems this drone was purposefully being flown to harass planes (allegedly by environmental activists who were trying to make all environmental activists look bad), accidents have already happened. With drones gaining popularity, it is just a matter of when a more serious accident will occur.
Stay safe everyone and may all pilots always have happy landings.
Update: It was a crane light you guys -_- Post point is still valid, though.