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CAAF warning

Felix Chaudhary
Sunday, March 09, 2014

THE Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji is calling on the public to come forward if they have any information regarding the illegal use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

The warning comes in the wake of reports received by the authority that some companies are operating UAVs or remotely-piloted aircraft illegally — and possibly putting aircraft operations and lives at risk.

CEO Netava Waqa said as far as the authority was concerned, the only company granted permission to operate UAVs in the country was Skypix Fiji, a subsidiary of Lodhia's Travel.

"We fear there may be others operating illegally in the country or that we may not have any knowledge of and we need to know what these operators' intentions are in terms of the use of these types of equipment," he said.

Mr Waqa emphasised the importance of seeking approval from CAAF.

"We have very strict guidelines regarding the use of remotely-piloted or unmanned aircraft and we are advising anyone using this aircraft illegally in the country to come and see us first."

CAAF issued a public statement yesterday advising anyone in possession of a UAV or remotely-piloted aircraft to contact the authority immediately or face prosecution.





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