UK CAAi to draft drone laws for Thailand – Drones Information
London, United Kingdom | CAA International (CAAi), the technical cooperation arm of the UK Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA), has been appointed by CAA Thailand (CAAT) to develop new regulations for drones. The nine-month project enables CAAT to safely integrate the operation of the unmanned aircraft system (UAS) into the Thai flight system.
UAS experts from the UK Aviation Authority will first assess Thailand’s primary data
Legislation and identify all areas that need to be considered for UAS regulations. UK aviation
The regulatory authorities will work with CAAT to develop new ICAO-compliant UAS operating rules.
harmonized with the EASA standards. CAAi will also assist CAAT in its industry engagement to ensure that aviation and UAS operators understand how to comply with the new standards.
Drones are widespread in Thailand. In agriculture, which accounts for 8.6% of Thailand’s GDP, farmers have increased crop yields by saving time spraying and fertilizing crops with drones. As drones become an increasingly familiar aspect of life and work, a solid legal framework is critical to operating them safely and achieving other socio-economic benefits.
After signing the contract, Rob Erskine, Head of International Operations at CAAi, said: “We are delighted to be working again with our regulatory colleagues in Thailand and look forward to further developing the Thai aviation system in the drone sector.
As the UK CAA was one of the first regulators to announce UAS regulations back in 2013, we are pleased to be able to use our experience in niche regulation to pave the way for the future of Thai aviation supervision. “
Dr. Chula Sukmanop, general manager of CAA Thailand, said
“With UAS becoming more common in our daily lives, CAAT intends to provide a regulatory system to ensure that new technologies and innovations are a good fit with flight safety. From the beginning, CAAi has been a trusted partner of CAAT in developing regulations. It is therefore a pleasure for us to work with you again on this matter and to look forward to the new successful result of the drone regulation. “
CAA International (CAAi) is the technical cooperation arm of the UK Civil Aviation Authority. CAAi provides advice, training, capacity-building programs and audit services to aviation regulators and industry associations around the world.
CAAi draws on the world’s leading know-how of the UK regulatory authorities and supports companies in the design and implementation of best practices for compliance with international regulatory standards.
In 2019, CAAi trained over 2,500 aerospace professionals and worked in over 60 countries.