Santo Domingo.- The Dominican Civil Aviation Institute (IDAC) has clarified that the approval for using drones in a lightweight show near the Santo Domingo Olympic Stadium on Saturday, February tenth, was based purely on technical facets, in accordance with the regulations governing this activity.
IDAC Director Héctor Porcella explained that the authorization granted to the corporate Space Drone Show adhered to the technical parameters required for one of these event, but to not the content of the promoting displayed, as this just isn’t inside IDAC’s jurisdiction.
“In the course of the last three years, IDAC has made significant progress in updating the regulations and technical control of using unmanned aircraft, but there are still facets that should be evaluated and subjected to greater regulation, considering the growing diversification of drone use worldwide,” said Porcella.
Porcella indicated that the Civil Aviation Institute (IDAC) is liable for regulating the airspace, and a part of this work involves issuing permits for using drones. Nevertheless, its functions are limited to evaluating and enforcing the technical requirements of the established regulations, without the authority to transcend ensuring that operators comply with the regulations.
“IDAC receives many requests for drone use within the country. We confirm that every one technical documentation is complied with after which approve using drones and make clear their restriction within the airspace,” explained Porcella.
The official refers to regulation RAD-48. He added that using drones has change into a frequent audiovisual resource within the Dominican Republic. Drones are used for aerial shots for music videos, photo shoots, events, and even within the filming of cinematographic productions.
He explained this corresponds to using drones throughout the Juan Luis Guerra and 4.40 concert presentation, where the drones lit up the sky with red, white, and blue lights. Nevertheless, the messages alluding to a mayoral candidate’s campaign weren’t a part of the requested permit since it just isn’t inside IDAC’s jurisdiction. “We made sure that technically it complied with the regulations,” said Porcella.
On this case, he explains that from the attributions that correspond to IDAC, “it didn’t violate any regulations, since the only thing they needed was the permit they usually complied with the necessities to be granted it.”
Based on the official, the restricted areas for flying drones are airports, the National Palace, the Ministry of Defense, the San Isidro Air Base, the Dominican Petroleum Refinery, the Las Calderas Naval Base, and military commands or camps. “Along with controlling the airspace, which implies more operational safety and stopping any accidents or incidents, we’ve got a drone regulation, RAD-48.”
He reminded drone owners that their operation is regulated to make sure their proper use and stop them from posing a security risk or violating the privacy of Dominicans. Individuals or legal entities wishing to operate a drone over 4.4 kilos must apply for a permit to operate it. Otherwise, sanctions and penalties are established for non-compliance with the regulations.