Authorities set up no-fly zones in Dubai
New no-fly zones for drones have been revealed by the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), including a ban on using the devices near airports and royal palaces.
The demarcating of red and green zones follows an incident last year in which drones were flown into the airspace around Dubai International Airport, forcing the authorities to close the airspace for 55 minutes, a DCAA official said.
Michael Rudolph, head of aviation regulation and safety, said the incident cost the Dubai economy $1 million each minute it was closed.
Speaking to 7DAYS on the sidelines of the World Aviation Safety Summit yesterday, he said: “There was a drone incursion for one day that caused us to close the airspace for 55 minutes and with a simple calculation - $1 million per minute - that’s what it cost the economy of Dubai and we can’t afford By Sarwat Nasir something like that to happen again. That’s why we started the process of registration of drones. “All of (these arrangements) come from an incident that happened last year.
“The red is definitely a no-fly zone. So when a drone user looks at the zones on the map and they see the red, they will know that they definitely cannot fly there.
“We are drawing up a memorandum of understanding with the Dubai Police to decide what the penalty and reprimand will be for those who fly within a red zone.”
The DCAA is also looking at introducing technology onto aircraft that can detect nearby drones. The Exponent portal will automatically alert pilots and command centres if a drone is flying near the aircraft’s according to Rudolph.
Aviation authorities across the globe are examining how to ensure drones, which have become popular with photographers, can be kept out of flight paths.
Last October, a British Airways crew spotted a drone while it was trying land at JFK New York. Two months earlier, a JetBlue airliner reported seeing a flyer 100ft away as it landed at the same airport. vicinity,
Rudolph said the arrival of drones is both “good and bad”.
He said: “The good being that it provides for excellent videography that we see on YouTube on a daily basis. The bad news is the negative connotation it has attached to the commercial operations.”
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