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Nov 14, 2017 07:48 PM
BUSINESS & TECH

Heavier Drones to Find It Harder to Get Off Ground

A Chinese aviation official said that large drones won't begin commercial operations for some time because they currently fall outside existing aviation regulations. Above, China's heaviest cargo drone, the AT200, flies during its first public demonstration flight in Neifu Airport in Weinan, Shaanxi province, on Oct. 30. Photo: Visual China
A Chinese aviation official said that large drones won't begin commercial operations for some time because they currently fall outside existing aviation regulations. Above, China's heaviest cargo drone, the AT200, flies during its first public demonstration flight in Neifu Airport in Weinan, Shaanxi province, on Oct. 30. Photo: Visual China

The civil aviation authority has been “actively” drafting airworthiness certification policies to ensure safe drone flight as the unmanned aerial vehicles are increasingly adopted by businesses, especially couriers.

Although a final set of rules have not yet been decided, the aviation regulators are likely to subject only those models that weigh more than 25 kilograms (55 pounds) to flight safety scrutiny, said Xu Chaoqun, an official in charge of airworthiness certification at the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

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