SEJONG: The South Korean government has unveiled a new set of safety standards for drone flying following the recent revision of a related law, the transport ministry said Tuesday, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported.
The amended aviation safety law came into force last week, allowing drones to fly at night or beyond the pilot’s visual line of sight once safety requirements are met.
Under the standards, drones should pass a set of safety tests and requirements to be flown at night or out of their pilot’s direct line of sight.
To prepare against emergencies such as loss of communication or malfunction, flyers should install a fail-safe device on their small unmanned aerial vehicles that enables them to fall safely.
Drones should also be equipped with an anti-collision system and a global positioning system transmitter that helps track their locations in case of crashes.
In order to fly drones at night, flyers are required to buy insurance against possible accidents, place an “observer” and install an anti-collision light that can be visible up to 5 kilometres away. Drones should also be equipped with an infrared camera and other first-person view devices.
In addition, the standards call for pilots and observers to receive education about emergencies and carry emergency manuals.
The revised law also allows drones to deliver packages long distance when users meet safety requirements, as part of efforts to support the fast-growing drone industry.