Ms. Speer, more and more people are using drones; their popularity is continually on the rise. Are they becoming more dangerous because of their popularity?
Instead I’d say that the technology is getting safer and safer. In the beginning, the only important thing was that the drone could fly and the battery lasted. Things have changed quite a bit in the meantime and the focus is more often on safety aspects these days. Something that can also be seen with the drone-piloting license, which has been required in Germany since October of last year to fly drones that weigh more than two kilograms. And the hardware continues to evolve, too. There are increasing numbers of suppliers who offer integrated parachutes, for example.
How do you explain the increase in the safety requirements?
Drones are getting increasingly high tech. Buyers have a legitimate interest in protecting their expensive commodity. There are even mission control systems, in the meantime, to help prevent crashes. It’s also an important topic for air traffic control: fortunately there haven’t been any fatal crashes yet, but there have been some close calls with collisions. The objective of these laws, similar to that for drivers’ licenses, is to make air traffic safer. Nobody is allowed to fly a drone within one hundred meters of federal highways, waterways or the railway network without a special permit.