No Permission Needed to Fly Toy Drones

No prior permission is needed to fly toy drones for amusement or for state and military purposes as the Cabinet on Monday clears draft of the Drone Registration and Flying Guideline, 2020.

But the toy drones must weigh less than five kilograms and be unable to fly above 500 feet altitude to operate without permission.

The approval of the guideline came from the Cabinet meeting held with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

Sheikh Hasina joined the virtual meeting through a videoconference from her official residence Ganobhaban while other cabinet members joined it from the Secretariat.

In the guideline, the drones are classified into four categories – (Ka) toy drones with less than 5km for amusement and fun, (Kha) drones for non-commercial purposes, (Ga) drones for commercial purposes and (Gha) drones for the purposes of the state and military, said the Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam at a press briefing after the meeting.

"No permission is required in the case of flying toy drones for amusement or fun, or for the purposes of the state and military,” he said.

He said flying drones for non-commercial purposes like conducting surveys for research or writing any book as well as flying drones for commercial purposes such as conducting a survey of any land would require prior permission from the authorities concerned.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) will determine the authority for giving permission to fly drones, he said, adding that the flying space is categorized into several zones, including green, yellow and red zones.

But, he said, prior permission must be needed in the case of flying drones in key point installations (KPIs) such as airports and military areas.

Taking permission only from the civil aviation authority is not enough to fly drones in the KPIs as permission from the particular KPI authorities is also needed to this end.

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