DCA: Unauthorised flying of drones near airports prohibited

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  • Tuesday, 03 Mar 2015

File pic of people inspect a remote control drone during a press conference by the Small UAV Coalition in Washington DC

PUTRAJAYA: The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) Tuesday warned that the flying of unauthorised drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in the vicinity of airports is strictly prohibited and constitutes an offence under the Civil Aviation Act 1969.

DCA director-general Datuk Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said the approval of the DCA was necessary to fly drones or UAV in Malaysian airspace.

"DCA is concerned with the recent development of drone operations for recreational or commercial purposes.

"These drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) have encroached into airports which may disrupt the safety of flight operations," he said in a statement.

Purported aerial drone photographs of aircraft approaching the KL International Airport (KLIA) had been uploaded on social media sites and have since gone viral, raising fears among netizens that it could lead to another aviation disaster. – Bernama

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