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Operation of Drones to be Regulated

Date: June 06, 2016
Domain:Tourism ; International Relations; Law and Order
Persona: Business; Citizen; Government; Non-Citizen

GIS - 06 June, 2016: The Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Tourism and External Communications, Mr Xavier Duval will make the Civil Aviation (Amendment) Regulations to regulate the operation of Remotely Piloted Aircrafts and Remotely Piloted Surveillance Aircrafts, commonly known as Drones, to ensure the safety and privacy of the public and keep our airspace safe.
The regulations, among others, make provision for the following requirements: the operation of a Remotely Piloted Aircraft must not endanger anyone or anything and no individual shall cause or permit any vehicle or animal to be dropped from a Remotely Piloted Aircraft.
The regulations also stipulate that no operation will be carried out unless the individual flying a Remotely Piloted Aircraft is satisfied that the flight may be safely made and that the operation should be within the visual line of sight of the operator to avoid collision with other aircrafts, individuals, vehicles, walls and structures.
According to the regulations the flying height will be up to a maximum of 400 feet above ground level, unless authorised otherwise by the Director of Civil Aviation.
The permission of the Director of Civil Aviation will be needed to fly a Remotely Piloted Aircraft in Class A, C, D or E airspaces as notified in the Aeronautical Information Publication and the permission of the Air Traffic Control Unit will be needed to fly a Remotely Piloted Aircraft within an aerodrome traffic zone during notified hours.
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