Panel set to propose drone registration, tougher penalties

It aims to give recommendations to Govt sooner than planned, after recent incidents

A sign at Changi Beach warning against the flying of drones and other activities that would affect flights at nearby Changi Airport. Public and industry feedback will be sought before the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Advisory Panel makes its recommendat
A sign at Changi Beach warning against the flying of drones and other activities that would affect flights at nearby Changi Airport. Public and industry feedback will be sought before the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Advisory Panel makes its recommendations to the Government. ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

A panel looking into unmanned aircraft operations is likely to propose mandatory registration for drones above a certain weight and stiffer penalties for those who flout flying rules.

There will also be emphasis on training and education, said former Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) pilot Timothy de Souza, who heads the 12-member Unmanned Aircraft Systems Advisory Panel that was set up in May.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 02, 2019, with the headline 'Panel set to propose drone registration, tougher penalties'. Print Edition | Subscribe