Dubai Airports yesterday closed its airspace for 69 minutes – Reason


UAV activity strictly prohibited in restricted areas including within 5 kilometres of any airport or landing area

Dubai Airports yesterday closed its airspace for 69 minutes, because of an unauthorised drone.

According to Emarat Al Youm, flights were delayed and the airspace was reopened at 12.45pm.

Dubai Airports spokesperson said: “Dubai Airports confirmed airspace around Dubai International was closed for 69 minutes (1136-1245 local) due to unauthorised drone activity resulting in a number of delays and flight diversions.

“Dubai Airports is working closely with its stakeholders to restore operations and minimise customer inconvenience.

“Safety is our top priority and Dubai Airports reminds all UAV operators that any and all activities are not permitted unless authorised by Regulatory authorities and are strictly prohibited in restricted areas including within 5 kilometres of any airport or landing area.”

In February this year, the General Civil Aviation Authority, GCAA, called upon light air sports enthusiasts to practice their hobbies in designated clubs accredited by the authority in order to maintain their security and safety.

The call falls within the framework of the campaign organised by the authority to raise awareness about light air sports.

A campaign was launched in cooperation with the Air Support Department at the Directorate General of Security Support at the General Secretariat of the Office of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, and continues for two weeks during February.

Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director-General of GCAA, noted that light air sports are a relatively new hobby, saying, “It is not merely a flying game, but a sport that requires mental focus and accuracy to enable users to harmonise mental commands and hand movements to fly their drone.”

He called upon those who wish to practice this hobby, to undergo training and practice programmes, to go through the basic stages of learning and developing control and command skills.

He also warned them against equipping their aircrafts with laser devices, cameras, or projection devices in order to maintain their safety and security, and avoid violating other people’s privacy.

He also called upon light air sports enthusiasts to avoid violating related laws and regulations.

Source: emirates247.com

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