The Civil Aviation Administration of China announced the opening of the country’s first test-flight base for civilian drones in Shanghai. The base, located in the district of Qingpu, will provide service to thousands of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in a country where private drones have become very popular, reports Efe news. Also Read - Swiggy to soon deliver your food order using drones in IndiaAlso Read - COVID-19: Drones to be used to detect Coronavirus from the skies
Drones in China are required to fly at a height below 150 meters and all test flights to be monitored for safety reasons to avoid obstructing air operations. According to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association of China, there are over 120,000 registered drones in the country. ALSO READ: 3 million drones to be shipped in 2017: Gartner
China has approximately 500 drone manufacturers, controlling almost 70 percent of market share. The use of UAV, initially used in videography, for recreational purposes, security and agriculture, has expanded dramatically.