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New technology to tackle drones at airports

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If you’re one of the thousands of people who unwrapped a drone on Christmas morning, you’re going to want to pay attention.

Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) will be rolling out new technology from next month.

It’s aimed at cracking down on rogue drone pilots who are flying too close to our Aussie airports.

The new drones will be able to identify the serial numbers of in-flight drones, alerting authorities to the location of the controller.

As it stands, it’s illegal to fly a drone within 5.5km of an airport.

Water bombing aircraft in Tasmania battling bushfires had to be grounded recently after drones interfered with their air path.

CASA spokesperson Peter Gibson tells John Stanley it’s going to be a lot easier to identify people doing the wrong thing.

“We’re going to be able to enforce the rules more easily and more efficiently.

“If you do the wrong thing, you stand a greater risk of being caught.”

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