Online portal for secure use of drones has been launched

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

An online and integrated drone portal system to facilitate the processes executed by operators such as quicker and easier flight plan submissions and better access to weather forecasts, has been launched. The new portal aims at making these processes less time consuming.

During the launch for which Transport Minister Ian Borg was present it was explained that as a result of this system, the aviation sector will be benefiting from more efficiency, as amongst  other things, the system will facilitate less use of complex machinery and equipment such as helicopters.

This system will also be utilised to make sure that both the implementation and execution of a robust regulation are practised so that human privacy and data protection are safeguarded. Furthermore, it will make sure that any damage caused to both humans and property is completely avoided.

Minister Ian Borg said that law enforcement officers will be making sure that all drone operators hold a valid flight registration for all flight plans taking place whilst also ensuring that these same flights are approved and authorised by the Authority.

Photo by DOI: Reuben Piscopo

The Minister further spoke about the importance to make sure that drone flights are never subject to breaking the critical regulation relating to human privacy. Moreover, drone flights will be prohibited from taking place near private properties, sensitive areas such as the embassies, government buildings and prison facilities.

The EASA UAS, European Union Aviation Safety Agency – Unmanned Aircraft Systems, regulations come into force on the 31st of December 2020. These regulations classify UAS operations into three categories depending on the level of risk: open, specific and certified.

These regulations require registration of UAS operators, licensing of remote pilots, the member state to identify geographical zones restricted for UAS operations, and the member state to carry out market surveillance of drones.

The IDRONECT Drone Management System facilitates UAS operations in the Maltese airspace and compliance with the EASA regulations by providing an online system for the registration of UAS operators and a map indicating the permitted and restricted areas for drone operations which enables operators to submit flight plans as required.