Campaign to boost light-air sports in UAE

The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) will begin a nationwide outreach campaign on Sunday focusing on light air sports. This campaign will be held in cooperation with the Air Support Department at the Directorate General of Security Support, the General Secretariat of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior.

Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director-General of GCAA, pointed out that the Authority seeks to promote light air sports, in cooperation with strategic partners. "This is achieved within the framework of national legislation and laws, which ensure aviation safety and the safety of air sports lovers," he said.

Additionally, he said that "light air sports legislation entered into force, as of October last year. They include light sports aircraft, remote controlled aircraft and aviation clubs. They cover all related activities, which include organising the movement of light aircraft that weigh less than 650 kgs, and remote controlled aircrafts of all weights."

Al Suwaidi also praised the Ministry of Interior’s initiatives in various security and police fields. "The initiatives aim at protecting all segments of the UAE community, strengthening security and stability and participating in various community and popular events to raise awareness among the public," noted Al Suwaidi.

Colonel Saeed Hussein Al Khajah, Head of Air Support Department at the Directorate General of Security Support, emphasised that raising awareness about light air sports is part of the Security Support initiatives. "These initiatives fall in line with the Ministry of Interior’s initiatives, aimed at keeping abreast of developments and providing diverse services in all fields." He added that the Air Support Department plays a vital role in police support and in providing leading and sophisticated police services.

Colonel Al Khajah added that the campaign aims to disseminate and promote awareness about safety laws and rules among the largest number of air sports’ enthusiasts, according to legal and security controls and conditions.

Captain Mubarak Al Mansouri, Media Campaigns Branch Manager of the Security Media Department at the Directorate General of Security Support, pointed out that the campaign will feature continuous messages aimed at promoting community awareness about the requirements and laws related to this sport. "These messages will be disseminated via the ministry’s social networking sites, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus and YouTube," said Captain Al Mansouri. He called upon the public, especially sports fans, to stay abreast of all updates and news published by the Security Media Department and to interact with the campaign first-hand.

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