Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Cochin International Airport prepares SOP to monitor drones flying around airport

Kochi: The increased use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or drones within the vicinity of the Cochin International Airport Ltd (Cial) has become a safety threat for the aircraft landing and taking off from the airport.

Cial authorities said that some individuals, agencies and video production houses are operating drones in the district without obtaining prior permission from the authorities. Many such cases were being reported by the aircraft pilots who spotted the presence of drones while approaching the airport for landing.

The airport operator approached the police seeking action against those operating drones without acquiring permission from the directorate general of civil aviation (DGCA).

Cial has issued a notice regarding the illegal flying of drone/UAVs within three kilometre perimeter of the airport. Cial has prepared a standard operating procedure (SOP) for the surveillance and detection of drones flying around the airport. The decision was taken at the annual aerodrome committee meeting held last week.

The meeting convened by the district collector has sought opinion from various stakeholders, including officials of central industrial security force, DGCA and air traffic control (ATC), related to airport operations and safety. Sources said that ATC has raised the complaints by several pilots about the sightings of drones flying near the flight path dangerously.

14/07/21 Times of India

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