By: Wang Cheng-chung and Evelyn Kao
Taipei, Sept. 23 (CNA) The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA, 民航局) will present
draft law amendments for legislative consideration later this month that will regulate the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), a Cabinet official said Wednesday.
The draft amendments to the Civil Aviation Law will also cover aerial photography, airspace and equipment after relevant rules are finalized in a Cabinet meeting scheduled for the following day, the official said.
The new measures will serve as a regulatory framework and come in response to the increasing number of UAVs and remote-controlled camera drones appearing in the skies over Taiwan. They will impose stricter regulations on camera drones weighing 15 kg or over, including mandatory certification for the vehicle and operator.
Under the new rules, remote drones weighing 15 kg and over will be subject to the authority of the CAA, while those weighing less than that will come under the jurisdiction of respective local governments, according to the official. [FULL STORY]