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China's Civil Aviation Administration Releases Drone Regulation Draft

CAAC, 8/09/17

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has released draft regulations regarding the operation of civilian-use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), which is now open to the public for feedback.

Regulations proposed in the draft concern the use of UAVs for aerial spraying of insecticides, aerial photography, drone performances, and other activities related to UAV operation and pilot training.

The draft stipulates that enterprises which own more than two UAVs must apply for an drone operation license and must use their real company name when registering. Companies that operate UAV training services must have training capabilities recognized by the relevant authorities in addition to providing liability insurance for third parties. In addition, within 72 hours of any flight activity, the operator must submit a flight operations report.

The draft is applicable to the following categories of UAVs:

1. Non-agricultural UAVs that are operated within a user's line-of-site, and which weigh between 0-15 kilograms when empty and 0-25 kilograms when in flight;

2. Non-agricultural UAVs that can be operated out of a user's line-of-site, and which weigh between 0-4 kilograms when empty and 0-7 kilograms when in flight.

3. Agricultural-use UAVs (no weight limit).

Keywords: Civil Aviation Administration of China hardware aviation regulation drone

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