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Government gets serious about unmanned and ultralight aircraft

Update: December, 12/2019 - 15:12

 

A man controls his flycam drone in Hà Nội. — Photo thegioitiepthi.vn

HÀ NỘI — Deputy Prime Minister Trương Hòa Bình has asked the Ministry of National Defence to co-cordinate with the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Industry and Trade to request declarations from organisations and individuals which own unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), also known as drones, and ultralight aircraft in the country.

Bình, who is also chairman of the National Civil Aviation Security Committee, said it was among many measures addressing the evolving threat to civil aviation involving these pieces of equipment.

Bình said drones and ultralight aircraft were being widely applied in many fields, bringing many benefits in socio-economic development.

However, due their ease of transportation, control and low cost, the equipment was becoming a threat to the security and safety of civil aviation.

Thus, it was necessary to develop long-term measures on managing UAV and ultralight aircraft to minimise potential risks.

The establishment of prohibited zones for UAV and ultralight vehicles must be implemented and publicised to all organisations and individuals.

The Ministry of Transport, in collaboration with ministries and branches, must study and complete the legal documents on airspace management, including the management of UAV and ultralight vehicles. 

Administrative sanctions must be added, he said.

It has been asked to work with the Ministry of National Defence to maintain timely information exchange and jointly handle violations.

The declarations of UAV and ultralight vehicles must be implemented promptly in all localities. 

Bình has also instructed the Ministry of Industry and Trade to coordinate with the Ministry of National Defence and the Ministry of Public Security to tighten control over the import of UAV and ultralight vehicles and the business markets of the equipment. —VNS

 

 

 

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