Mauritius: Govt. to regulate the operation of drones in Mauritius

Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian Government will soon introduce Civil Aviation regulations to regulate the operation of Remotely-Piloted Aircraft and Remotely-Piloted Surveillance Aircraft, commonly known as drones, to ensure the safety and privacy of the public and keep the island’s airspace safe, PANA learnt Saturday from official sources in Port-Louis.

A source at the Tourism and External Communications Ministry said the operation of a Remotely-Piloted Aircraft must not endanger any person or anything and no individual shall cause or permit any vehicle or animal to be dropped from a Remotely-Piloted Aircraft.

The regulations will also stipulate that no operation will be carried out unless the individual flying a Remotely-Piloted Aircraft is satisfied that the flight may be safely made and that the operation should be within the visual line of sight of the operator to avoid collision with other aircraft, individuals, vehicles, walls and structures.

“The flying height of a drone will be up to a maximum of 400 feet above ground level, unless authorised otherwise by the Director of Civil Aviation," the source said.

In Mauritius, many people are equipping themselves with drones that they fly over the island, some for filming and photographic purposes and others just for fun.
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18 june 2016 09:53:09

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