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Thailand mulls jail term for unlicensed drone pilots

Discussion in 'News' started by robinb, Jan 27, 2015.

  1. robinb

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    http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-31001121


    The Transport Ministry in Thailand is seeking to ban all unlicensed drone flights, including flights by individuals, local media reports.

    Those caught flying drones unauthorised could face a year in prison and a fine of 40,000 baht (£813; $1229), Transport Minister Prajin Juntong said.

    Attaching cameras to drones would also be prohibited except for business reasons, under the proposals.

    The plans are being drawn up by the country's Civil Aviation Department.

    They would be sent to the cabinet for approval and could come into force as early as next month, said Mr Juntong, who is also commander-in-chief of the country's air force.

    Drones should also only be airborne for a maximum of one hour (although current battery life limits most flights to about 20 minutes) and be within 15-150m (50-500ft) of the ground, the proposals state.

    This is to limit their potential to interfere with commercial air traffic and to ensure the noise they make does not annoy the public.

    In addition, the rules will specify how big and heavy drones can be.

    Photographers, film-makers and journalists will be able to use drones fitted with cameras, but others will not.

    The Ministry of Transport will oversee and approve all applications to use drones, by both businesses and individuals.

    Thailand is one of many nations seeking to limit what drone owners can do with their craft.

    The US Federal Aviation Authority has issued guidelines on where and how they can be flown and put limits on how they can be used commercially.

    The agency is also drawing up more detailed proposals on how they can be used commercially.
     
  2. who

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    "Could come into force as early as next month"

    Hmm....Just....gna put that out there
     
  3. wetauser

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    What's the FAA got to do with Thai air space?
     
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    I was seriously considering Thailand for my next trip but just crossed it off the list. Drone-worthy and drone-friendly are two of my criteria for spending my vacations.
     
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    Same here I live in Thailand all year round,

    But this article does not make a lot of sense if flying cameras is going to made an offence, how can they still be on sale to the "unlicensed" , plus this license most likely does not exist ,so are they going to refund the cost of multi copters fitted with cameras, purchased quite legally in Thailand.

    Mike
     
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    Agree, Geert. I'm sad about not flying over Thailand. Also worried about the domino effect.