15 people fined for flying UAVs near airports: CAA

The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) has reminded those who are keen on flying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to stay clear of airports, noting that 15 people have been fined for operating UAVs around the airport over the past three years.

The CAA said that since 2001, it has set the off-limit areas for the release of objects that could endanger flight safety, such as kites, lanterns, firecrackers, remote control aircraft and the recently popular UAVs.

Such a ban is allowed under the Civil Aviation Act, it said.

According to CAA statistics, there have been 15 cases involving flying UAVs around airports since 2014, and among them, nine cases were near Taipei Songshan Airport at such locations as the Grand Hotel and the Taipei 101 skyscraper.

According to the Civil Aviation Act, people who release objects which endanger flight safety will be fined between NT$300,000 (US$9,398) and NT$1.5 million.

The CAA said that the people who have been fined so far were not aware of the regulations, so that they were only fined NT$300,000. If they are found to have released the objects maliciously, they will be fined NT$1.5 million.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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