Test flight for 'flying car' was not authorised, says CAAM

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 20 Nov 2019

PETALING JAYA: The Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) clarified it did not authorise a test flight for a ‘flying car’ or drone of model UAS E-Hang 216 (EH216) scheduled for Thursday (Nov 21).

CAAM said that the location of the planned test flight at the UniKL Malaysian Institute of Aviation Technology (MIAT) Hangar Subang was in an area that was under strict supervision by Air Traffic Control.

“The location is less than 200 metres away from commercial airline and helicopter traffic and clearly within the Subang Airport Terminal Control Zone.

“In addition to this, the EH216 was only issued a Special Flight Permit (SFP) by its State of Design (Civil Aviation Administration of China), which is limited to conduct research and development flights in Grand World Science Park in Guangzhou,” CAAM said in a statement on Wednesday (Nov 20).

CAAM further added that it is investigating an earlier unauthorised demonstration flight involving an EH216 on Nov 15 at the same area in Subang airport.

“As much as CAAM supports the development of the aerospace industry in Malaysia, test and demonstration flights must be carried out in accordance with the Malaysian Civil Aviation Regulation 2016 to ensure safety.

“CAAM would also like to state that we are open to consider the request for a test flight of the EH216 at an appropriate location, and with the support of the aircraft’s State of Design,” it said.

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