Attention drone-loving videographers: authorities in Shanghai will begin requiring people to obtain a license in order to fly all unmanned model aircraft in public.
Around 100 people in Shanghai have already taken the test and qualify to receive the license, issued by the Aero Sports Federation of China.
Mini-drones have become increasingly popular for use of aerial filming in the city. The new regulations come over concerns about the safety of flying the things in public spaces.
“Although the mini-drone is intelligent, it still needs manual control. If the operator does not have the necessary safety knowledge and sends a wrong command, the drone will drop, which is very dangerous,” Wang Zhixing, a local resident who took the test, said in a CRI report.
The regulation is set to be implemented by the end of the year, and violators could face five to 10 days of detainment. Capture all those cool aerial shots without getting hassled while you still can.
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By Maggie Wong