By Amina Nazarli
To regulate operations of unmanned flying devices like drones, which are increasingly posing challenge to regulators and personnel manning airspace, the State Civil Aviation Administration of Azerbaijan and Azerbaijan Airlines have developed guidelines for civil use of such machines.
The "Rules for the use of civilian unmanned aerial vehicles" were presented to public on September 13. This guideline features requirements for the use of civil unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as standards and conditions for safety and operation.
The guideline was drafted in accordance with Articles 7.1. and 44.4. of Azerbaijan’s law “On Aviation”, “Rules for the Use of the Airspace of the Republic of Azerbaijan” and “Rules for the Flight of the Republic of Azerbaijan”, approved by the Cabinet of Ministers, and the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention ), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) document No. 328 AN / 190 of 2011 "Unmanned Aircraft Management Systems".
“The project was submitted by the Administration to Azerbaijan’s Cabinet of Ministers on September 8, 2015. Taking into account the comments and proposals received from relevant state structures of Azerbaijan (10 structures in total) and that can be adopted, this project passed the stage of coordination and was submitted to the Cabinet of Ministers,” the report says.
The Cabinet of Ministers gave an instruction that these rules will be approved by the State Administration of Civil Aviation (resolution No. 17/17 / 3404-26 / 18/22, December 9, 2016).
Now, the project is available for consideration and possible comments and proposals from state structures of Azerbaijan and other legal entities, as well as individuals (this project is placed on the official website of the State Civil Aviation Administration in the section "Draft legal acts").
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