New law to ease drone operations: CAAB chairman

Staff Correspondent

24 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) Chairman Air Vice Marshal M Mafidur Rahman said the “Drone Registration and Flying Act 2020” will ease drone operation related procedures in the country.

“Use of drone is very much essential for development of the country. A timely policy is important to ensure its usage by ensuring safety, security and secrecy,” he said.

CAAB chairman made the comments at a virtual seminar recently on the proper implementation of the drone law.

It is mentionable that Cabinet passed the draft Drone Registration and Flying Act 2020, last year banning the use of drones for commercial purposes without permission from the government.

Speaking at the programme, he said that the new legal procedure would ease the drone operation, approval, registration, import and other security related issues.

He also said the people of Bangladesh would get the benefit of the new law. He also said the authority monitored the done operation through Civil Aviation Circular (CAC) on Operating Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) earlier in 2019.

Among others, focal drone related officials of several ministries, and departments of the government attended the seminar. According to the policy, the government has categorized four types of drones.

They are– A category: toy drones with less than 5km for amusement and fun, B category: drones for non-commercial purposes, C category: drones for commercial purposes and D category: drones for the purposes of the state and military.

No permission will be needed to operate drones in the first and fourth category - toys and state-owned or military drones - but drones in the other two categories will require permission to operate. CAAB is the authority of giving permission to fly drones, and flying space is categorised into several zones, including green, yellow and red zones.