CAAS to relax rules on kite-flying, aeromodelling activities near airport
The public may soon be able to fly kites or small model airplanes near the airport or airbase.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore or CAAS said it is looking at relaxing the rules to allow such activities, which are getting popular in Singapore.
It is seeking views from the public on the changes.
Currently, activities such as kite-flying, aeromodelling and hoisting of captive balloons for commercial purposes are not allowed within 5km from an airport or airbase.
Beyond the 5km radius, these activities are allowed, but the public must observe a height limit of 200 feet, which is about 12 storeys high.
Under the Air Navigation Order, these restrictions are in place to maintain a safe operating environment for aircraft operations.
Kites and model airplanes can pose danger to pilots who are engaged in the critical phase of flight, such as when the plane is taking off or landing.
The objects could also cause damage to aircraft engines and endanger lives.
CAAS said there is potential to liberalise the current restrictions on height and permitted areas for the conduct of specific types of aerial activities, while maintaining high international aviation safety standards.
That's because with advancements in aircraft technology, air navigation systems on the modern aircraft have greatly improved.
It added that the review will allow the authorities to explore a new balance between aviation safety and the desires for other aerial activities
"This review on the conduct of aerial activities is timely. There has been increasing public demand for more space to conduct aerial activities in Singapore. With the advancements in aircraft technology, air navigation systems on the modern aircraft have greatly improved, enabling the creation of more space for such activities where possible. While the safety of flight operations in Singapore remains paramount, this review will allow CAAS to explore a new balance between aviation safety and the desires for other aerial activities," said Mr Soh Poh Theen, Assistant Director-General, CAAS.
The public can give their feedback via the CAASwebsite and REACHportal
The consultation closes on 12 July.
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