News is out in the last 24 hours of a new Department for Transport consultation looking at the use of drones and the potential for a driving licence style approach to flying any drone over 250g (basically anything other than a toy).
Current rules differ depending on whether or not the drone in question has a camera and that dual approach has led to some confusion. What is clear though is the growing concern - notably from the Civil Aviation Authority - about the misuse of drones in certain areas, including near airports.
The CAA has recently launched a new website, dronesafe.uk, which provides guidance to users but the consultation would take it a few steps further - particularly if the proposal to create a criminal offence is adopted.
All of this is clearly indicative of a the size and growth of the drone industry. Outside of leisure users they already form a core part of emergency services, conservation, energy, transport and maintenance services.
The potential for regulation should not therefore be a surprise, but this is the industry's chance to shape what those controls look like. As always, the focus will be on balancing public safety and the potential of the industry.
Now leisure users may have to register their drones and perhaps undertake a test similar to the driving theory test.