Curbs on flying of unmanned aircraft during F1 race

SINGAPORE - There will be restrictions on the flying of unmanned aircraft when the Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix rolls into town later this week, the civil aviation regulator said on Tuesday.

This is to ensure they do not get in the way of low-level helicopter flights conducting aerial filming during the race.

The restrictions will cover a significant area around the race site including Queenstown, Telok Blangah, Toa Payoh, Kallang, Orchard, Marine Parade and Aljunied.

The islands of Sentosa and Brani will also be off-limits, said the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore.

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Flying of off-the-shelf and self-assembled unmanned aircraft will be prohibited between noon and 2am from Sept 18 to 21, as well as from noon to midnight on Sept 21.

Those who do not comply can be fined up to $20,000 in the first instance while repeat offenders face a maximum fine of $40,000 and a jail term of up to 15 months.

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