Govt to introduce online drone permit system to improve industry: Wee

Govt to introduce online drone permit system to improve industry: Wee

It will be done through amendment of Civil Aviation Regulations 2016, says minister

PUTRAJAYA – The Civil Aviation Regulations 2016 will be amended to improve the country’s drone industry by introducing an online drone flight permit application system, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong.

“The proposed amendments will be difficult to implement without an efficient and integrated online system,” he told reporters when officiating an unmanned aircraft systems operations workshop here today.

“The amendment of the regulations and introduction of the online system will give the public exposure to the importance of using drones in a controlled and safe manner,” he said.

Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) chief executive officer Datuk Chester Voo said that when the amendments are completed, CAAM will introduce its online Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management (UTM) drone flight permit application system.

Voo said the UTM system, expected to be completed by October next year, will shorten the period for issuing drone flight permits from 14 days to a day.

“The UTM system will be a platform for drone ownership registration and drone flight permit applications, and to facilitate monitoring and investigation in the event of an unwanted incident during flights,” he said.

He also said the system will also speed up the approvals of drone flight permit applications for use during emergency operations such as natural disasters.

“When the system is ready, it will shorten the time for hobby permits to within a day, but if it is for emergency use, the permit will be ready in two to three hours,” he added.

Since 2020, applications for drone flight permits have been done manually by filling out forms downloaded from the CAAM website before they are sent to the body for approval.

source – Bernama

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