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Plan To Form Fiji Drone Association

Plans are underway to form the Fiji Drone Association to look after the interests of the Fiji drone community. A drone otherwise known as an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is
25 Jan 2019 11:00
Plan To Form Fiji Drone Association
Drone enthusiasts with a drone during a tryout

Plans are underway to form the Fiji Drone Association to look after the interests of the Fiji drone community.

A drone otherwise known as an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is an aircraft without a human pilot.

Project co-ordinator Salmendra Chand said, “to begin the project, we have a community page on Fa­cebook and we are calling all drone operators, hobbyists and model aircraft flyers in the eastern divi­sion to meet up”.

“There is a meet to organise to get everyone together where you can talanoa, ask questions and get an­swers from certified professionals.

 

“The theme is ‘spread the word! Have fun, fly safe!’

Compared to manned aircraft, drones were originally used for missions too “dull, dirty or danger­ous” for humans.

While they originated mostly in military applications, their use is rapidly expanding to commercial, scientific, recreational, agricul­tural, and other applications, such as policing, peacekeeping, and sur­veillance, product deliveries, aer­ial photography, agriculture, and drone racing.

The event will be held at the Suva Grammar School, Ground Two, tomorrow January 26 from 10am-2pm.

Fiji Drone Regulations

According to the Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji (CAAF), flying a drone is legal in Fiji, but it must be compliant with the drone regula­tions listed below.

General Rules for Flying a Drone in Fiji:

Based on their research and in­terpretation of the laws, here are the most important rules to know for flying a drone in Fiji.

Separate permits are required for both recreational and commer­cial flying;

Drones may not be operated within 3 kilometres (2 miles) of a domestic airport or 5 kilometres (3 miles) of an international airport or airfield;

Do not fly a drone more than 200 feet vertically;

Do not fly drones in a manner that may impair the safe opera­tions of aircraft;

Visual contact with the drone must be maintained at all times;

Do not fly over airstrips, heli­pads, fuel depots, private homes, moving vehicles, populous areas, or sporting events;

Do not fly drones over sensi­tive areas such as hospitals, pris­ons, government institutions, the House of Parliament, police sta­tions or military barracks and in­stitutions;

n Do not operate drones at resorts without prior permission from the resort’s management;

n Follow the permit requirements for flying a drone in Fiji.

Edited by Susana Tuilau

Feedback: waisean@fijisun.com.fj



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