comscore 18 cases of drone spotting near airports this year: Government

18 cases of drone spotting near airports this year: Government

This is double of how many drones were spotted a year before.

  • Published: December 21, 2017 4:48 PM IST

The number of cases of drones being detected around airports that pose a hazard to aeroplanes have increased since 2016, with 18 such incidents so far this year, according to official data. Also Read - Indian mobile gaming market to shoot up to at least $5 billion by 2025: Report

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Till December 15 this year, the number of such incidents stood at 18 – more than double the count recorded in 2016 when it was just 9 – as per data provided by the civil aviation ministry to the Lok Sabha.

In 2014, there were two such cases.

Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha told the Lower House no dedicated international standards are available as of now with respect to regulating drones.

“However, the guidelines published by the ICAO and regulations of drones developed by various civil aviation authorities were analysed during formulation of draft Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR) on operations of remotely piloted aircraft systems,” he said in a written reply.

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) is a specialised agency of the United Nations.

The ministry has already come out with draft norms for regulation of drones.

“There is no proposal to introduce any licensing system.

However, in the draft CAR there is a provision for issuance of Unmanned Aircraft Operator Permit (for) certain weight category of drones,” Sinha said.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

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  • Published Date: December 21, 2017 4:48 PM IST

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