2 Singaporean men charged with flying drones near Paya Lebar Air Base

·Senior Reporter
Michael Perry, Director of Strategic Partnerships of DJI, reaches a drone during a demonstration in Shenzhen, China December 18, 2015, two days before the opening of DJI's first flagship store. Chinese drone developers are racking up an impressive list of aerial solutions for a growing variety of demands, from police surveillance to agricultural mapping and traffic management. Already well established as a world leader in drone manufacturing, China is slowly emerging as a world-class innovator, not just a duplicator of foreign designs.   REUTERS/Bobby Yip

SINGAPORE — Two men were charged on Friday (5 July) with operating drones without a permit near Paya Lebar Air Base, in an unprecedented case of individuals hauled to court for drone activity.

To date, only a company has been charged for operating a drone without a permit.

Ed Chen Junyuan, a 37-year-old Singaporean, allegedly operated a DBPOWER FPV drone at an open field near block 128C Punggol Field Walk without a valid Class 2 Activity Permit last Wednesday at about 9pm.

The area was within 5 kilometres of Paya Lebar Air Base.

Chen was said to have been operating the drone, weighing 0.375kg, for leisure purposes.

A second man, 40-year-old Tay Miow Seng, also faces a similar charge. Tay is alleged to have flown a Bumblebee wrapped DJI drone, weighing 0.43kg, at the same venue with Chen.

The two Singaporeans are represented by lawyers Josephus Tan and Cory Wong.

Tay and Chen will return to court on 2 August.

On 28 May, construction company LT Sambo Co was charged with operating a small unmanned aircraft outdoors along Marine Parade Road without a Class 1 activity permit on 17 November 2017. The case is ongoing.

A first-time offender convicted of operating a small unmanned aircraft for research or recreational purposes without a permit may be fined up to $20,000.

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