Dubai: A live drone-intrusion warning system is now plugged in and on guard to alert Dubai Civil Aviation Authority when the safety of restricted airspace above Dubai International Airport is threatened, said DCAA authorities yesterday.
Following the temporary shuttering of Dubai airport three times since early 2016 due to illegal drone intrusions that threatened the safety of passengers, the new system will track flying drones and signal a red alert when the proximity of planes and sensitive flight paths in and out of Dubai airport are compromised.
Registered owners and operators of the offending drones will be notified by SMS within the tracking system and ordered to correct their course to immediately neutralise any imminent threat to international aircraft.
Drone operators who fail to adhere to strict new flying restrictions face fines up to Dh20,000.
Fully operational since July 1, the new Sky Commander Tracking Programme is a first in the global aviation sector and will greatly improve the safety of passengers flying through one of the busiest airports in the world, said Khalid Al Arif, Executive Director of Aviation Safety and Environment Sector, on an exclusive tour of the new drone-tracking control room at the airport yesterday. Continue reading about a new drone tracking system.
Source: Gulf News