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Citizens warned against operation of drones in public spaces

Citizens warned against operation of drones in public spaces

DroneThe public is being warned by the Ministry of National Security about the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems, commonly called drones.

A release from the Ministry stated that it has come to their attention that the drones are being used in a manner that could cause danger to persons and property and could also invade the privacy of persons.

As such the Ministry of National Security is calling upon all members of the public, including all visitors, to exercise caution and avoid operating such devices over public buildings and spaces.
The Ministry also advised members of the public that in keeping with the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Act, there are certain areas which are designated as No Fly Zones.

The release went on to state that the public is strongly encouraged to avoid operating drones in those areas as they may cause harm and injury to authorized users within the Zones.
These No Fly Zones will be published in the media for the information of the public.

The Ministry of National Security in collaboration with the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority (TTCAA) is calling on all persons owning or operating a drone to visit the TTCAA to have the drones registered, in keeping with current arrangements to address this issue.

The public has also been instructed that Drones should not be operated in any open air function or mass public gathering, Drones should not be flown at a height greater than 121 metres or 400 feet above the ground, Drones should not be operated in a manner that may endanger persons or property and Drones should not be operated within 5 kilometres from any manned aircraft operations including the boundary of the Piarco International and ANR Robinson International Airports.

The Ministry also sought to remind the public that the shining of laser lights during aircraft landing or taking off is strictly prohibited by law.

Persons caught so doing will be arrested and may be prosecuted in the Courts

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