Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Ban on aeromodelling lifted, with conditions

Mumbai: Almost six months after a strict ban was imposed on sending up drones, aeromodels and other light flying objects, the Mumbai police has lifted it conditionally. Flying of modelled aircraft -not drones -with restrictions on the height and area of flight has been allowed. But the flyers have been asked to submit a video recording of their activities.
TOI had reported how the ban was affecting many engineering students who could not complete their projects at the end of their academic year. Their aeromodelling projects had been stalled since October 2016 when cops termed the objects as security threats.
In a letter dated March 16, the police laid down seven conditions allowing the Indian Academy of Model Aeronautics (IAMA) to carry out flying and training activities at Mahalaxmi racecourse. The flyers have been asked to restrict the height of flight to less than 100 metres, not go beyond the perimeter of the racecourse, to shoot the flying activities from the ground and sub mit a recording to the local police station, and not to install GPS system or camera in the flying objects. In addition to the technical restrictions, the police have asked that the institute should ensure the safety of its members and make sure their activities do not affect the people in the racecourse's vicinity .
22/03/17 Yogita Rao/Times of India