Construction company charged for operating drone without a licence

A Phantom 4, developed by major Chinese consumer-drone maker DJI, flies during its demonstration flight in Tokyo, Thursday, March 3, 2016. AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi

SINGAPORE — In the first case of its kind, a company was charged in the State Courts on Tuesday (28 May) for operating a drone without a licence.

LT Sambo Co, a construction company, faces one count of operating a small unmanned aircraft outdoors along Marine Parade Road without a Class 1 activity permit on 17 November 2017.

According to court documents, the drone is a DJI Phantom 4 weighing 1.38kg.

The act is a breach of the Air Navigation Order and carries a fine of up to $20,000 for a first conviction.

The firm indicated that it will be pleading guilty to its charge. The next hearing has been scheduled on 18 June.

The charge comes after the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore announced on 23 May that it will be setting up an Unmanned Aircraft Systems Advisory Panel to help review Singapore's Unmanned Aircraft Systems regulatory framework.

The panel is expected to provide its recommendations by early 2020.

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