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Civil aviation issues warning about drone violations

Any violation of the law on drones constitutes and offence, the civil aviation department stresses in a press release.

Due to the current increased interest in unmanned aircraft (drones) flying activity, the department notes that owners and users of drones are required to comply with the provisions of the applicable legislation.

`Violation of the law constitutes an offence and offenders will be liable to penalties` it adds.

It further notes that the use and operation of Unmanned Aircraft (Drones), within the airspace of the Republic of Cyprus, is governed under the Civil Aviation Act (N213(I)/2002/2015), the Ministerial Decree No.402/2015- Provisions for the Operation of Unmanned Aircraft Flights within the Republic of Cyprus – and the Decision No. 403/2015 – Exemption of Unmanned Aircraft from the Aircraft Registration Requirements.

All remotely piloted and autonomous aircraft from small consumer devices used for recreation, to large aircraft used for other purposes, are subject to the provisions of the above legislation which aims to ensure the safety of flights and the protection of persons and property on the ground.

The civil aviation department advises all interested persons to visit the official website of the department at www.mcw.gov.cy/dca, call at the telephone numbers 22-404122/180 or send an e-mail at [email protected], in order to obtain information regarding the rules and limitations applicable for the use and operation of drones within the island’s airspace. (CNA)

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