'A kite flying at a height exceeding 60 metres above ground level should have either:
tubular streamers attached to the string which are:
not less than 40 centimetres in diameter and 2 metres in length, marked with alternate bands of red and white which are 50 centimetres wide, at intervals of not more than 200 metres measured from the lowest part of the kite;
or streamers not less than 80 centimetres long and 30 centimetres wide at their widest point, marked with alternate bands of red and white which are 10 centimetres wide, at intervals of not more than 100 metres measured from the lowest part of the kite'
How many of the KAPers known to us on this forum have had input into the UK's CAA kite regulations? Drones are strongly represented by commercial concerns (https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/benefits-of-drones-to-the-uk-economy
)....who is representing us? Members of kite clubs? Academics? The last name that I was given was a university academic, but that was years ago. I have asked the CAA more recently, on several occasions, for who is currently giving input, but with no response.
For unplanned flights in the UK, drones are allowed to fly twice as high as kites! It has been reported that in the last year police recorded 3,456 incidents
involving drones. So, why has the height limit for drones been so lenient compared with kites? In terms of the regulations, it is simply that drones, unlike kites, are 'controlled' aircraft.