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Drones for civilian use, new toys or tools?

By Gao Yinan (People's Daily Online)    13:16, July 09, 2015
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Since last year, the word drone, also known as an UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) has become one of the most known terms. It has also attracted extreme interest in capital markets. CB Insights statistics show that in 2014, the growth rate of financing for UAV start-ups was more than 100%, reaching $ 108 million.

Although the word drone has a lot of different meanings-military craft, research tool, delivery robot-for the average civilian, drone means a high-tech toy. After all, a maximum of 15 minutes’ endurance is a mishap for most of the existing products.

In fact, the manufactures not only need to pay attention to the endurance of the battery and drone’s carrying capacity, but also the laws and regulations on UAVs.

In 2009, Civil Aviation Administration of China issued a regulation, in which, drones for civilian use should be included in the scope of general aviation. However most of civilian UAVs users do not know the relevant processes of flying a general aviation device.

On November 2013, Flight Standards Department of CAAC issued an interim provision on UAV aviators. According to the management, UAVs are divided into four types -- micro, light, small, and big. For those micro UAVs, which weighs less than seven kilograms, pilots do not need to have a license when flying one within a radius of 500 meters vision, at the relative height of less than 120 meters.

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