No drones during Golden Jubilee celebration: DCA

|     Azaraimy HH     |

THE government has imposed a restriction on the airspace above the entire Brunei-Muara District – including prohibiting unauthorised drone (unmanned aircraft) flying – from October 5-7 as an additional precautionary measure during the celebration of the Golden Jubilee of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s Accession to the Throne.

In a press conference yesterday with related security agencies, the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) stated only authorised aircraft, including drones, are allowed to be operated during the restriction period.

Director of Civil Aviation Mohammad Nazri bin Haji Mohammad Yusof urged the public, including private organisations to fully comply with the temporary security measure, adding that failure to do so is an offence under Section 51 of the Civil Aviation Order 2006.

The press conference took place at the Asyuura 2 Meeting Room, Airport Terminal Building of the Brunei International Airport.

Head of Regulatory Fauzi bin Mohamad Sidek (left) and Director of Civil Aviation Mohammad Nazri bin Haji Mohammad Yusof (2nd left) during the press conference. – AZARAIMY HH

During the press conference, Head of Regulatory Fauzi bin Mohamad Sidek further clarified that any application made from September 28 to November 3 for the use of drones from private individuals or organisations will not be processed and will not be authorised.

Acting Director of Operation, Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF), Senior Police Superintendent Haji Chipli bin Haji Mohammad told the press that should the unauthorised flying of drones or unmanned aircraft occur above the restricted airspace during the stated period, the operator(s) of the aircraft will be detained and interrogated. He added that the RBPF has requested for public cooperation, and to inform officers on duty or call the police hotline at 993 should they discover any unauthorised drones flying above the restricted areas.

Members of the public who wish to seek further clarification can contact Head of Regulatory, Department of Civil Aviation at +6732331065 or +6732330142 extension 1110 or via the email: info.dca@civil-aviation.gov.bn.