Singapore Civil Aviation Authority asks public for views on new drone laws

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) intends to introduce enhancements to the unmanned aircraft (UA) regulatory framework and is seeking feedback from members of the public. The review is based on CAAS’ three-year experience with the implementation of the UA regulatory framework, international benchmarking and feedback from UA users in Singapore. Specific areas being reviewed include the UA operating guidelines, the UA pilot competency requirements, as well as requirements for UA with total mass of more than 25 kg.

Mr Kevin Shum, Director-General of CAAS, said, “The rapid growth in UA activities benefits both the users and the economy but may pose risk to aviation and public safety, particularly in Singapore’s highly urbanised environment. While we are keen to support the fast growing UA industry, this always needs to be balanced against the need to maintain high levels of aviation and public safety.”

A public consultation exercise on the proposed enhancements to the UA regulatory framework kicked off on 29 April 2018 at the Drone Showcase, in conjunction with Car-Free Sunday SG @ one-north, organised by JTC and the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA). Members of the public are invited to provide their feedback via the Reach website (, until 31 May 2018.

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