TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Transportation Ministry argues that drones continue to pose increasing safety risks for the aviation industry along with the growing popularity of devices of its type.
“There are too many cases where drones flew nearby airports, even though the airspace in this location should be free of any illegal flight activities other than permitted ones,” said Transportation Ministry’s director-general of air transportation, Polana B. Pramesti in a discussion upon rearranging drone activities in Indonesian skies in Jakarta today.
The government had anticipated the growth of drones’ technology and market growth by creating rules that oversee the legal airspace for drones, which is mandated under Minister’s Decree No.180/2015 that was revised in Minister’s Decree No.47/2016 to maintain the safety of the aviation industry and the dangers posed by crashing into a drone.
One of the rules mandates drones to not be operated above the altitude of 150-meters (500 feet). This means that recreational drone activities are only permitted to fly below that height. As to drones used in business activities, users must register the drones and their pilots to the air transportation directorate-general.