Man flies high altitude drone in UAE, lands in court - News

It is not permitted to fly with drones more than 400 feet above ground level.

A young African man has landed in the Fujairah Misdemeanor Court on charges of flying with a drone without permission.


According to court reports, the suspect had flown the drone at great heights in flagrant violation of the law and without the permission of the authorities involved.

The Fujairah police arrested the suspect and referred him to the prosecution for legal action.

At the court’s request, the young man denied breaking the law.

“I work in a toy store and only tried a drone for some customers.” However, he also said that he did not have permission from the competent authorities to fly a high-altitude drone.

The court ordered the case to be adjourned until next week to rule.

In June this year, the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) of the UAE, in coordination with the Ministry of the Interior (MoI), issued a new regulation that allows drone owners to take photos and videos in permitted flight zones of the country.

Individuals were initially allowed to use drones after obtaining permits from the GCAA, but were not allowed to use video or image capture devices or be equipped with release and drop devices. Only registered companies were allowed to use drones to make video images and images.

Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director General of the GCAA, said that up to 8,028 drones belonging to entities and individuals are registered with the GCAA.

“We would like to meet the expectations of the public about the use of new technologies, since the UAE is considered one of the best countries in the region for the use of drones.”

Major General Ahmed Nasser Al Rissi, Inspector General of the Ministry of Justice, said: “Drones are allowed in the UAE, but their use is regulated to protect people’s privacy.

Individuals may only own drones after obtaining permits from the GCAA and may only fly in the permitted zones. “It is also not allowed to fly with drones more than 400 feet above ground level.”

What to do and what not to do

> The user and drone must be registered with the GCCA before flying

> Only drones with a weight of 5 kg or less may fly in the approved zones

> The GCAA prohibits flying drones close to, around and over airports

> Drones may only fly during the day and in good weather.

> The flight range must always be within sight range

> The drone must not fly more than 400 feet above ground level

> It may not be used for commercial activities

> It is up to the user to ensure that the drone is used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and inspected before use

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