Dubai's Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) claims to be the global market leader in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) monitoring as its register of commercial, governmental and hobbyist drone users approaching the 5000 DCAA master airspace security Michael Rudolph said late last week at the Middle East Aviation Conference in Dubai.

"We have come a long way in a very short time," Rudolph told those present. "We came up with a protocol … to register every drone operator in the emirate of Dubai So far, since its launch in early 2017, we have now registered almost 5,000 [drone users]; we look at 4,760 operators. "

The registration system of the DCAA for remote-controlled aircraft systems (RPAS) costs $ 142 for commercial and government users and $ 33 for professionals, hobbyists and freelancers. "This service is mandatory for all companies and people who want to carry out activities with RPAS," DCAA said. Tourists who try to bring drones into the country are requested to register at airports with Customs.

"[The] remote pilot is responsible for avoiding collisions with people, objects and other aircraft and will not bother or endanger people or cause damage to property, "he said." The RPAS or drone should not be used in congested areas, [and] will not fly over public or private property. Operators are responsible for all separations and / or safety protocol when … they work [the] RPAS. "

Dubai has signed Law 7 on air safety and security in 2015 and resolution No. 4, 2017 signed by Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Head of the Dubai Executive Council. "As part of this, we have a rigorous media campaign that has advised and told people that if they acquire this technology, they should register with the DCAA," said Rudolph.

On international coordination, DCAA met with the US Department of Homeland Security and the FAA. "We have met with domestic affairs, with the FAA, and in fact they were absolutely surprised at what we did, not because of what we have, but because we were doing it on a mobile network," he said. AIN.

Tracking devices are mandatory for commercial and government drones, while UAVs of individual owners are monitored using satellite-based mobile telemetry. The borders of the emirate Dubai form a limited geographical area of ​​approximately 4,100 square km (1,590 m²), making it easier to manage than in the UK or the USA.

"I can say that we are a world leader as [far as] the supervision of this technology is recognized by the rest of the world, "Rudolph said AIN at the conference. "We have had contacts with the FAA, Eurocontrol, and even, most recently, Canada has looked at access to the protocols that we have set up, [to prevent] airspace is affected. Dubai is undoubtedly a leader. "

Rudolph said that a small part of the drones was used purely for commercial operations, where users earned an income. "That can be anything, from field surveys, project development and videography, and we have another element that we call Dubai Government: that's the municipality [using] this technology to inspect and monitor installations, whether desalination plants, high-voltage lines, or a solar-powered company. The others are mostly hobbyists.

"The technology [allows the user to] make a fantastic video within what we call the standard. [This] means that if you fly a drone that you have just bought from one of the retailers, it can not exceed 400 feet and 800 meters beyond the operator's side distance, the internationally recognized default values. So you will always be able to see it. If you work within those parameters, which in my opinion is reasonable, you should not have any incidents. "

Rudolph said the DCAA had moved to a second phase of review, in support entities operating outside the visual line of sight (BVLOS). "In the future, a drone will be programmed to perform traffic management without having a human interface, in other words, it can be programmed to start from a specific point, up and down an area and track traffic and return to that point once the mission is completed. "

He said that four Drones "Airplane sightings" in 2015 near Dubai International Airport prompted the authorities to take immediate action on drone monitoring to maximize security around the world's busiest international gateway, which last year. 89.1 million passengers were treated.

Urban Air Taxi plans

Rudolph said the target date of the Dubai Road and Transport Authority for the implementation of a regulated air taxi service remained 2022, but would not exclude the idea that market competition would lead to an unexpected announcement at Dubai Expo 2020. He said that Volocopter GmbH from Bruchsal had already received German Civil Aviation Authority certification for its autonomous air taxi, but that there were about five other potential competitors for the launch of such a service in Dubai.

He added that Boeing and Bell studied the development of similar autonomous vehicles for Dubai, thereby increasing the possibility that a number of startups would disappear from the market. "If I was in the race, if I had a vehicle that could come on the market in the next, three or five years, then tell me the next best exhibition, trade show, conference … that will be bigger than Expo 2020, to say that I was at Expo 2020 in Dubai and my vehicle flew. "