An unmanned aircraft flies over a field of corn, mapping areas of weed infestation. Another hovers under a bridge, checking for signs of structural damage. A third swoops over a crowd of spectators and films a sporting event. Drone technology was never far from the headlines in 2015, and its non-military uses are bound to grow still further in 2016 and beyond. As usual, regulatory bodies have been caught napping with regard to this popular new trend and are now scrambling to set out a legal framework. In light of several high-profi le accidents, a liability insurance requirement is the very least that can be expected. Aviation insurance specialist Compagnie Belge d’Assurances Aviation SA (Aviabel) is, as usual, ahead of the curve and already offers drone insurance as part of its portfolio.