Bei­jing po­lice bans small air­craft over congress

Global Times - Weekend - - NA­TION - Global Times

Bei­jing po­lice have vowed to strengthen su­per­vi­sion of small air­craft in­clud­ing drones, fire bal­loons and model air­planes for the 19th Na­tional Congress of the Com­mu­nist Party of China that opens Wed­nes­day.

A no­tice re­leased by the Bei­jing Mu­nic­i­pal Pub­lic Se­cu­rity Bu­reau said that from mid­night Tues­day to noon af­ter the clos­ing day, no de­part­ments, or­ga­ni­za­tions or in­di­vid­u­als can fly “low-level, slow and small” air­craft or bal­loons over the city, Bei­jing-based China Youth Daily re­ported on Fri­day.

All se­cu­rity and emer­gency fly­ing ac­tiv­i­ties re­lated to the 19th Party congress must be ap­proved by mil­i­tary and air traf­fic man­age­ment de­part­ments.

“Low-level, slow and small” refers to air­craft fly­ing lower than 1,000 me­ters at a speed less than 200 kilo­me­ters per hour in a radar cross-sec­tion smaller than 2 square me­ters, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

Twelve kinds of for­bid­den air­craft are listed in­clud­ing glid­ers, fire bal­loons, drones and model planes.

Bei­jing po­lice called on res­i­dents to obey the reg­u­la­tion and vowed to pun­ish those who vi­o­late re­lated rules and laws, the re­port said.

Mean­while po­lice re­it­er­ated that sky lanterns have been for­bid­den since 2014.

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