National Security Ministry asks that drones not be used over crowds

Date: 
Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 20:00

The Ministry of National Security is asking for persons who own and operate drones, to be mindful of the dangers they pose and asking that they not be operated over mass gatherings.

The Ministry says there are also strict no-fly zones that prohibit the use of drones, which is says it will publish in the media soon. It is also pointing to strict law regarding laser lights.

The following is the statement from the Ministry of National Security:

"It has come to the attention of the Ministry of National Security that Unmanned Aerial Systems, commonly called drones, are being used in a manner that can cause danger to persons and property and may invade the privacy of persons. 

The Ministry of National Security is calling upon all members of the public, including all visitors, to exercise caution and avoid operating such devices over public buildings and spaces.

The public is advised that in keeping with the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Act, there are certain areas which are designated as No Fly Zones. 

The public is strongly encouraged to avoid operating drones in those areas as they may cause harm and injury to authorised users within the Zones. 

These No Fly Zones will be published in the media for the information of the public.

As we seek to promote the safety and security of the public, the Ministry of National Security in collaboration with the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority (TTCAA) is calling on all persons owning or operating a drone to visit the TTCAA to have the drones registered, in keeping with current arrangements to address this issue.

The public is asked to observe the following:

Drones should not be operated in any open air function or mass public gathering.

Drones should not be flown at a height greater than 121 metres or 400 feet above the ground.

Drones should not be operated in a manner that may endanger persons or property.

Drones should not be operated within 5 kilometres from any manned aircraft operations including the boundary of the Piarco International and ANR Robinson International Airports.

LASERS

The shining of laser lights during aircraft landing or taking off is strictly prohibited by law. Persons caught so doing will be arrested and may be prosecuted in the Courts."