Friday, December 18, 2015

Drones


Well, no drone in Malaysia is likely to be as lucky as the drone in the video above, but you'll get my drift when I say that, yes, drones should be regulated. Or, rather, the guys operating the drone should be regulated. Or maybe both.

And that's exactly what our Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) is planning on doing, I hear.

Drones (or UAVs, which stands for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) are growing in popularity worldwide, not just in Malaysia. Drones can carry out naughty or even evil missions (when used by military madmen, especially), and drones can be used for good things, even save lives. 

During last year's great floods in the East Coast, for example, drones replaced helicopters  for monitoring and surveillance, reducing the risks faced by operators and rescue workers and helping them save time and lives. Not many Malaysians knew it then but at any one time during the disaster, easily six or seven drones were deployed by our authorities instead of helicopters.

I'm not sure how many drones there are out (or up) there now but the number is surely increasing.

Regulating the UAVs will help:

1. Ensure the application is in the hands of the persons who are qualified and proper to own and operate one; 
2. Prevent the abuse of drones in high-security or/and sensitive areas, such as police stations, military installations, and prisons etc); and 
3. Avoid mid-air accidents by ensuring that drones (especially the more advanced UAVs) are not operated in commercial as well as non-commercial airspace routes and patterns.

Currently, any UAV weighing more than 20kg maximum take off weight (MTOW) requires to be under airworthiness certification process issued by DCA. Only persons with private pilot license A (which is MTOW not more than 2.400kg) is allowed to operate the UAV. This is in line with the Civil Aviation Act and the Chicago Convention, under ICAO.

The advancement of technology means that the UAV is getting smaller and able to carry payloads, such as camera, surveillance apparatus and mobile sensitive scientific measurement equipment. 

What I hear is DCA plans to regulate all UAVs, even lesser than 20kg MTOW ones.  It is the function of the UAV, rather than the physical measurement, which defines the mobile aerial transport unit. The base stations may also be regulated.

Drones are popular with entertainment, sports and event management, broadcasting, film  and production companies, security and traffic management, environment and natural resources management and property and construction.

Various government agencies and authorities are also using drones as a tool of productivity and efficiency. The application would also cover large plantations and agriculture industry,

A good example is local authority. The enforcement to monitor traffic, parking, cleanliness, waste and water reticulation management, petty traders, pasar malams and pasar tanis and park and public spaces management would be improved and become more efficient.

Imagine a port authority would efficiently manage the berthing and cargo management of merchant shipping, fishing and recreational vessels and special purpose structures such as the one used for oil and gas industry.

Of course there will always be the adventurers among us who will use drones for more creative purposes, other than trying to catch the neighbour sunbathing in her balcony!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

alamak ... divert topic from scandal, corruption, lies to sex

the downfall of many a leecher ... yeayyyy

Anonymous said...


People do silly things with technology:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-29420039

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-33618985

Flying near planes is not smart. The UK has fines and even jail sentences lined up.

So it's not a bad idea to have regulation.

http://www.outsideonline.com/2038621/faa-task-force-releases-its-drone-registration-recommendations

Guess in Malaysia we need these rules too, so the peeping toms will have to do it the hard way.

(No pun intended...)

Anonymous said...

Hey Rocky,

Your boss Najib kena con by Cinapek Jho Low issit? Going by the latest expose by WSJ?

Eh why you all pro Najib bloggers so quiet about this? Give la some comment. Say it is damn lies.

3.7bil. Really easy to steal money from the country's coffer these days. This is with nothing to show for it! No buildings, no airport, no highway. Money just disappeared.

Can also please encourage your boss Najib to go sue WSJ?

Really tarnish our country's name with this kind of article weii.

Tak bagus la.

Anyway, please keep a look out for your bank accounts. Try to change password after every use la.

Because who knows your money will also go missing. And you can't do anything about it.

Details, details, details coming out soon on who gets paid and who does not.

Happy Holidays.

Anonymous said...


Speaking of "droning", here is the definitive answer to those irritating people who keep asking where that 2.6 billion came from and went to:

"Mahupun NGO-NGO/media-media KERBAU-KERBAU ekoq-ekoq BANGKAI BABI yg.dok MEMBIAK kat JAMBAN TERORIS-TERORIS PENDATANG KAPIRDAJAL PKRHOMO/DAPBANGKAI-SIAL-si-PORNORASIS-EJEN/KULI-CIA-NATO/ZIONIS-MOSSAD/FREEMASON-PEROMPAK/PENJENAYAH/PERASUAH- no 1 - yg. dpt. DERMA BERJUTA termasuk dr. REJIM-REJIM PENGGANAS Barat-Zionis/ISrael-CIA-Mossad - yg. sampai nak MENGGULINGkan YAB PM BUMIPUTERA Islam/Melayu, UMNO/mana-mana institusi BUMIPUTERA dan KERAJAAN kami di NEGARA ISLAM kami ni (di http://alamjiwaparadox.blogspot.com/2015/08/yahudi-laknaktullah-hulur-bantuan-untuk.html , YAHUDI LAKNAKTULLAH HULUR BANTUAN UNTUK JAHANAMKAN MALAYSIA!!, USAHA SEKUTU ISRAEL UNTUK PERALIHAN REGIM DI MALAYSIA DENGAN SALURAN DANA BERJUTA DOLLAR KEPADA PAKATAN RAKYAT?)!

Jadi baik PI MAMPOS lu punya ekoq-ekoq BANGKAI BABI kat JAMBAN TERORIS-TERORIS PENDATANG KAPIRDAJAL PKRHOMO/DAPBANGKAI-SIAL-si-PORNORASIS- EJEN/KULI- CIA-NATO/ZIONIS-MOSSAD/FREEMASON-PEROMPAK/PENJENAYAH/PERASUAH- no 1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rawwwwrrr grrrr arooooo woof woof grrrrrr rawrrrrr.

I trust that settles the issue once and for all.

Sekian, terima kasih.