Loopholes found in real-name registration for civilian drones

Updated 2017-06-02 15:28:06 Ecns.cn

(ECNS) -- Loopholes have been found in the registration system for civilian drones, with people being certified despite registering fake names and incorrect ID information, Beijing Youth Daily reported.

To improve civil aviation safety, a new regulation took effect on June 1, requiring civilian drones weighing more than 250 grams to be registered under the owners' real names.

Owners must provide personal information including their real name, ID number, residential address and phone number. After registering, they receive a sign that includes a registration number and a QR code. That sign must be pasted on the body of the drone.

Drone users are also required to remove their details from the system once their drones are sold or destroyed, according to the regulation.

After Aug 31, the flying of civilian drones will be considered illegal if users are unregistered or have not displayed the notation on their drone, and the users will be punished, according to the regulation.

Other flying vehicles such as model airplanes, unmanned free balloons and captive balloons were not included in the regulation.

However, the authenticity of the information provided in the registration process was not being checked, the Beijing Youth Daily found.

An email reply from the department of Aircraft Airworthiness Certification in the Civil Aviation Administration said the registration system will be updated, and that the administration was also trying to cooperate with public security departments to ensure the authenticity of the information provided.

Ke Yubao, the executive secretary of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association in China, said civilian drone real-name registration will help promote the industry's development in good order. But improvements to the system will nevertheless take time, he added.

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