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Restrictions on drones


The Civil Aviation Authority has issued a new rule regarding those increasingly popular drones, keep them far away from any airport on all three islands.

Aerial enthusiasts have been flying their drones any place where they can get cool footage of the ground below.

But this is a hobby that can put the safety of aircraft at risk.

The Aviation Authority has created no-fly zones around certain parts of all three islands to ensure that no unmanned aircraft jeopardises an airplane with people.

air traffic controlAdam Cockerill, a commercial drone flyer, understands and supports the new rule.

“That area specifically is of specific danger because you’ve got manned aircraft flying at low altitudes in those areas. I think now because we’ve got cameras attached to model aircraft, which is effectively what drones are, we are seeing a rise and increase of them being used in residential and urban areas,” says Mr. Cockerill

Hobbyists have reportedly been flying drones around the Owen Roberts International Airport, creating a risk of a collision.

Fortunately, no accidents have occurred, but there have been numerous close calls in the US and Europe.

Northward prison is included in the no-fly zone as well.


About the author

Philipp Richter

Philipp Richter

Philipp Richter was born in Austria and moved to the Cayman Islands at the age of three. Throughout his life, he has always enjoyed documenting his surroundings with cameras. Studying television broadcasting and communications, he now can show the reality of life in Grand Cayman to the public.

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