By Annette Chrysostomou
A video clip clip posted on Fb lately, showing a drone flying what is described as ‘dangerously close’ to a group of men and women in Limassol is an instance of growing concern over the basic safety of these increasingly common unmanned aircrafts.
It also shows that users are unaware or disregarding the regulation governing their use.
Still so fast have the sizing, pounds, value, use and recognition of drones modified that experts are contacting for the regulation, which was only handed in 2015, to be up-to-date.
Marios Loukas, operator of Photoshine, a single of two point out authorised teaching organisations, says the existing regulation is lagging significantly behind the new engineering.
He and Photoshine’s floor teacher, Tassos Karantonis, satisfied with transport minister Marios Demetriades and users of the civil aviation section last week, asking for the laws to be up-to-date.
“The present regulation was drafted in 2015, when drones have been incredibly distinct,” floor teacher Karantonis informed the Sunday Mail, pointing to the drone in entrance of him which is not substantially even bigger than a hand. “Technology is relocating rapidly and the laws are out of date.”
There are two authorized groups in Cyprus, an open classification for personal and recreational use which weighs considerably less than 3 kilos. Anyone can function these drones after a simple teaching. Then there is a particular classification which features all drones for business use and all those weighing a lot more than 3 kilos. For these is a licence needed.
Drones which instructors presently use throughout demonstrations are probably to be substantially lighter than 3 kilos but still for basic safety motives they are needed to fly at a distance of 500 metres from a person until the individual has agreed or else. The regulation also specifies that a flying drone has to be at the very least 1,000 metres from buildings, all over again until the operator of the developing has agreed for it to fly nearer.
A drone in the open classification is only permitted to fly to a height of up to 50 metres throughout the working day in total see of the operator.
Karantonis, the floor teacher for Photoshine, makes use of a three hundred-gramme drone to instruct men and women for no cost in the recreational use of drones. It has propeller guards, which the instructors say are often used at displays to guarantee that nobody is injured by spinning blades.
There is also an additional safeguard. The drone senses obstacles from up to five metres away and will stop when coming shut to a person. It can be steered with straightforward hand gestures as properly.
No one would danger harming men and women, he explained, as there is an insurance policies liability of €1 million.
“Companies will begin to use the lesser drones commercially, as drones are the potential.”
The countrywide legal guidelines have to observe the types by the European Aviation Basic safety Company, and the civil aviation section is currently waiting around for new rules from the EU. These will probably be a lot more particular as regards the sizing and makes use of of drones.
“We recommend that since the drones are getting to be lesser but smarter, they have to be categorised into several classifications not just primarily based on pounds but according to the operations they are produced for this sort of as pictures and cinematography, aerial mapping, crop sprayer, weatherproof and night time vision,” Loukas explained, “similar to automobiles, buses, vans and particular autos.”
He explained that the civil aviation also requirements to issue business licences a lot more quickly, as about sixty men and women have been trained, but only twenty licences have been granted. These who have been trained include users of Hermes airports, the aviation section, the countrywide guard, police and the fire solutions.
For this objective the govt is about to utilize an additional person.
The potential is approaching rapidly. Drones have exploded onto the small business environment in latest a long time and serve a range of vital applications in a number of industries the place they are used predominantly for servicing and inspection.
They also have a wide range of other usages. In agriculture they can detect and take inventories of crops, in architecture they produce exact designs, they can provide items from pizza to publications, and they are handy for environmental checking – examining for forest fires and figures of animals.
Just a thirty day period in the past, auditing agency Ernst & Youthful announced that they are commencing to use drones in their operations in Cyprus as properly as in other nations around the world.
The govt also intends to use them to guard facilities this sort of as the Vassilikos oil refinery.
And, now that they can be stopped at a small distance from a person’s encounter, they are by now replacing other gadgets in having selfies on a large scale in addition to recording weddings and other social gatherings.