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DCA warns public on launching of drones

THE Department of Civil Aviation (DCA), Ministry of Communications in a press release reminded members of the public that launching an unmanned aircraft/Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) or more widely known as drone, is a prohibited activity under Section 21 of the Civil Aviation Order 2006.

The use of drones while having potential benefits, presents a number of safety and security risks to air navigation, controlled airspace and densely-populated areas.

The launching of unmanned aircraft is strictly prohibited at airport parameters, landing points and restricted areas which include security sensitive locations as well places of public gatherings.

Members of the public who wish to operate drones must first apply for permission from DCA. Application can be submitted to the Head of Regulatory, Regulatory Division, Director of Civil Aviation, Department of Civil Aviation, Brunei International Airport, Bandar Seri Begawan BB2513, Brunei Darussalam.

Any permit given is subjected to strict compliance to DCA’s regulations and guidelines including the time of usage, keeping drone in line of sight, flying within the height limit as well as following the manufacturers’ instructions.

The Department of Civil Aviation requested the public to adhere to this regulations. Under Section 51 of the Civil Aviation Order 2006, any person who contravenes or fails to comply with any provision of the Order is guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $50,000 and imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years or both.

-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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