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28 February 2024

No free-flying drones in UAE: GCAA

By Wam

The General Civil Aviation Authority, GCAA, has called upon light air sports enthusiasts to practice their hobbies in designated clubs accredited by the authority in order to maintain their security and safety.

The call falls within the framework of the campaign organised by the authority to raise awareness about light air sports.

The campaign was launched in cooperation with the Air Support Department at the Directorate General of Security Support at the General Secretariat of the Office of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, and continues for two weeks during February.

Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director-General of GCAA, noted that light air sports are a relatively new hobby, saying, "It is not merely a flying game, but a sport that requires mental focus and accuracy to enable users to harmonise mental commands and hand movements to fly their drone."

He called upon those who wish to practice this hobby, to undergo training and practice programmes, to go through the basic stages of learning and developing control and command skills.

He also warned them against equipping their aircrafts with laser devices, cameras, or projection devices in order to maintain their safety and security, and avoid violating other people’s privacy.

He also called upon light air sports enthusiasts to avoid violating related laws and regulations.