What to know be­fore buy­ing a drone this Christ­mas: ICAO

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

MON­TREAL: UN avi­a­tion of­fi­cials cau­tioned any­one Fri­day who might want to leave a gift of a drone un­der the Christ­mas tree this sea­son, to learn how to safely op­er­ate it first. “Drones can pose a se­ri­ous threat to manned flights and peo­ple and prop­erty on the ground,” the In­ter­na­tional Civil Avi­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion (ICAO) said in a state­ment.

In re­ac­tion to their grow­ing pop­u­lar­ity, the UN agency put out ba­sic in­for­ma­tion on its web­site ex­plain­ing what pi­lots of the un­manned aerial ve­hi­cles need to know be­fore chas­ing Santa’s sled.

In a list of tips and facts for recre­ational users ti­tled “Ten things to know be­fore buy­ing a drone this Christ­mas,” it said a drone weigh­ing more than 25 kilo­grams (55 pounds) re­quires a per­mit to op­er­ate it.

The ICAO also urges read­ing the user man­ual, keep­ing the drone within eye­sight and 50 me­ters (55 yards) away from peo­ple, prop­erty or ve­hi­cles. As well, it warned pi­lots against fly­ing it more than 150 me­ters off the ground and to keep it at least eight kilo­me­ters (five miles) away from an air­port. And, it said, drones used for com­mer­cial pur­poses may re­quire the re­mote pi­lot to be li­censed. Fi­nally, “Al­ways re­mem­ber that you are now a re­mote pi­lot and are re­spon­si­ble for fly­ing safely and avoid­ing col­li­sions.” —AFP

LOS ANGELES: A com­peti­tor un­tan­gles his drone from a safety net af­ter it crashed while ma­neu­ver­ing an ob­sta­cle course dur­ing the In­ter­na­tional Drone Expo in Los Angeles, Cal­i­for­nia on De­cem­ber 10, 2016. —AP

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