China Inaugurates Air Base for Civilian Drones
Due to the growing use of drones, countries are beginning to adapt to drone technology by creating new laws and infrastructure. A good example of this is the new civilian drone air base — the first of its kind, in China. With over 120,000 registered drones and around 500 UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) manufacturers, controlling nearly 70% of the consumer drone market share worldwide, China therefore has one of the highest number of drone users in the world.
The new air base is located at Qingpu district. Gan Pin, the deputy director of Shanghai’s Science and Technology Commission, said the city aims to promote service platforms for research and commercialization based on China’s Beidou Satellite Navigation System, thus enhancing the industry’s development and consequently lowering companies’ innovation costs, as reported in the Shanghai Daily.
Chinese law says civilian drones must fly at a height below 150 meters and all flights using the air base must be monitored. Unauthorized drone activity has become a problem in China, especially near airports. The new air base aims to fight this issue and provide a safe avenue for drone pilots to fly their machines. This widespread use of drone technology is due, in part, to aerial photography, both professional and recreational. Drones are also used in China’s huge security and agriculture industry. The many benefits of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles has made them popular around the world, fueling strong sales of drones in all countries, including China.
The creation of proper infrastructure may influence drone users to register their machines, thus paving the path for legalized and monitored use of the technology. This consequently reduces the issues China has faced in the past with drone flights disrupting airports and air transportation in general. Such disruptions have caused Chinese authorities to take action against errant drone pilots. A recent case involved the detention of a drone pilot who flew a Mavic Pro drone too close to an airplane.
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