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Ministry of Transport (MOT) received one report of a remote control aeroplane that damaged the roof of a housing block in Bishan, however, the operator could not be located.

This is MOT’s reply to one of the questions asked by Assoc Prof Daniel Goh Pei Siong in Parliament on Monday.

Assoc Prof Goh had asked the Government the numbers of accidents involving unmanned aircraft weighing 7 kg or less have been reported in the last year; whether such aircraft are allowed to fly close to or above residential estates; and whether a few open areas around the island could be equipped with a short runway and designated as special flying parks for enthusiasts.

Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan said that Singapore is a small, densely populated country with limited airspace. The approach is to facilitate unmanned aircraft operations as much as possible, while ensuring safety for everyone.

Here is the guideline that had been published by Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) regarding operations of unmanned aircraft:

Source : CAAS.
Source : CAAS.

Mr Khaw said, regardless whether a permit is required, all operators, including recreational users, are responsible for operating their unmanned aircraft in a manner which does not endanger the safety of any person, aircraft or property. They must also respect the privacy of others.

He stated that CAAS, together with the relevant agencies, will continue to monitor unmanned aircraft activities closely and adjust the regulations as needed.

Promoting the shared use of space for recreational activities, including flying an unmanned aircraft, rather than designating areas as special flying parks, is the preferred approach given Singapore’s land constraints. Recreational users are known to frequent a few open areas, such as Marina Barrage and an open field at Old Holland Road.

Here are the things you should do when you are flying an unmanned aircraft :

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Source : CAAS.

While, these are the things you should not do when you are flying an unmanned aircraft :

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Source : CAAS.
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