Operating Drone in Nepal? You must follow some rules!!

Drones have been in use for a quite a long time now. It has become a best friend for people who love to explore as well as people who want to entertain themselves flying a machine. These days, drones have become much more advanced with lots of options in the machine such as cameras, voice recorders, mini guns and lots of other stuffs. People coming to Nepal have adventure in their minds so they usually want to capture their moments through drones.

Drones these days have been popular among Nepali citizens. Drones in Nepal are particularly used for vlogs, film-making and other interesting stuffs. Besides, aviation enthusiasts also prefer to fly drone.

Drones are controlled through remote control devices and they can fly high up to 300 meters and some of them fly even high. So operating drones at this altitudes can be fatal as airplanes roam around in these altitudes while landing and taking off. And if an airplane with speed of 300km/hr (average landing or take off speed) strikes a drone weighing 2 kg’s which is equivalent of a bird, it can damage engines, wind shields and also the fuselage.

But, to operate drone is not an easy job. One must have proper authorization from Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN).

The civil aviation authority has the following rules for people willing to fly drones:

  • For drones up to 20kg’s or less, no animals or articles can be included inside the drone while flying and dropping anything from that height which can cause harm in peoples property.
  • Person flying the drone must have a visual contact with the drone while it is in the sky all the time.
  • The drone weighing more than 7 kg’s excluding the fuel must not fly the aircraft around air traffic services and restricted airspace.
  • Drones of similar characteristics as above are not allowed to fly in more than 200 feet.
  • The owner should have the permission of the CAAN to fly the aircraft.
  • Drones are banned over or within 150 metres of any congested areaover or within 150 metres of an organised open-air assembly of more than 1,000 persons
  • It is also banned within 50 metres of any vessel, vehicle or structure which is not under the control of the person in charge of the aircraft.

So keeping all these things in mind, you may fly a drone without causing harm to others and yourself. Happy flying!

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