Drones have become phenomenally popular since their creation. The craze has raged even more when they become available to consumers. Some special aspects have turned drones into a worldwide sensation. Among those aspects, the most crucial one might be its limitless usability. From tracking a traffic condition of a certain area to capturing enchanting panoramic images, they can do many things. Their potentialities can intrigue anyone to buy one for himself. However, there are some things to know if anyone wants to buy a drone in Bangladesh. And these considerable things are entirely for ensuring public safety and safe drone flying.
Flying Drones in Bangladesh
It has not been many days since Bangladesh Civil Aviation Authority (CAAB) has installed some strict rules regulating drone usage. These regulations cover all types of commercial and recreational flights of drones. Prior to the last year's structural formation of these regulations, Bangladesh hasn't any organized system to control people drone flying behavior.
Some incidents in other countries like the US and the UK have inspired Bangladesh to take such measure. Amid these incidents, about 23 were cases of droning missing collisions with aircraft in the UK. Some reports were even more concerning. For instance, in some of these 23 cases, the aircraft fallen under risk of collisions were passenger-carrier Boeings.
Other than these, a flying drone equipped with cameras and other sensors can raise serious concern relating to privacy violation. There are several allegations been trialed in the US courts over the last years. Observed and taken notes from the experience of these countries, CAAB has recently installed some provisions to set standards for drones' aviation for Bangladeshis. It's essential for a drone pilot or a potential buyer to know all these provisions and follow the instructions.
What to Consider Before Buying a Drone in Bangladesh?
CAAB has explicitly narrated all the requirements to be met by a drone owner before flying it in its circulated provisions. Like he must acquire a permit and show the demonstration of his qualification as required. In addition to these, some rules should also be realized and abode by.
Some of these rules are:
CAAB provisions have limited the area a drone can fly within, rendering a three-dimensional outlay. Like a pilot cannot levitate a drone to an altitude higher than 61 meters. This altitude can be lower during cloudy and dark weather. Any attempt to fly a drone in at least 9.26 km range around an airport, or other private runways or helipads or urban areas is prohibited. A drone must keep at least 300 meters distance from a public gathering or personal property. Any breach of public security or privacy is a punishable act.
Before maneuvering drones, people must get approval from CAAB. They have to apply for permission at least 45 days before the maneuver. The application will require a pilot to provide some basic information like:
- - His personal data: His name, age, and profession.
- - His intention: Why does he want to fly the drone? What is his purpose behind it? Is it for making commercial videos, training, or conducting research?
- - The date and time: When the maneuver will take place.
- - The location coordinate: Where the maneuver will take place.
- - Copter description: Name, model, weight, capacity, etc.
- - Insurance information: Documents narrating the insurance coverage.
After buying a drone in Bangladesh, a pilot must get insurance for his drone before flying it. This insurance covers the expenses the pilot has to carry for any drone incidents. Like, an amateur pilot operating a drone for the first time might wrongly orient it to other people's properties and cause some damages to them. Apart from the ransom the pilot is liable to pay to those people, he also has to spend money for repairing his copter. Drone insurance covers both expenses. Insurance can vary in respect of payable fees depending on some criteria. Knowing them will ease the process of obtaining insurance for you.
- - Intended Application: Whether you want to fly a drone for commercial use or private purpose will apply different tariffs.
- - Coverage: Depending on the maximum coverage limit demanded, your insurance fee will vary. The higher the limit, the more it will cover your expense.
- - Number of Pilot: If a drone gets shared with multiple pilots, each of their names should be registered into the insurance facility.
- - Location and Maneuver Style: The pilot has to describe the typical condition of the place he wants to fly the drone over. He also has to elaborate on his flying style.
- - Price and Features: The price and the features of the drone will also affect the insurance type.
A pilot below 18 years old can't fly a drone in Bangladesh. He must have a clear sight and mind while flying. People with low vision or any eye-related issue are strongly discouraged from such maneuvering.