The Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation has released a statement to clarify its stance on drone ownership. The department confirmed that any unmanned aircraft system (UAS) or drone under 20kg can be flown without authorisation from the DCA.
Nevertheless, DCA maintains that UAS can’t be flown in certain airspaces, particularly Class A, B, C or G, as well as aerodromes. All five airspace type clearance from the Air Traffic Control, as without clearance, the chance of a drone flying into a plane will be high. Drones are still prohibited from all airports (aerodromes) due to safety reasons.
The department also confirmed that no charges are being imposed on consumer-level drones. So rest assured that the DCA is not going to knock on your door, asking for any registration fees for your drones.
However, there are some categories and instances where permits needs to be applied by the operator or company, particularly involving flying in and around buildings, vessels or vehicles.
While DCA is indeed conducting a feasibility study on starting an enforcement team, it is however still in its early days, and the department have yet to make any definite decision on the matter. In the mean time, drone owners can still enjoy their drones – within safety and logical limits.
(Source: DCA Facebook )