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CAAM deputy chief executive officer (regulatory) Zainul Abidin Maslan said in order to secure a bright future for the Malaysian drone industry, enforcement of new regulations would require repetitive processes such as registration, authorisation and surveillance.

Various other processes involved would need to be done online or to the unmanned traffic management platform, he added.

“We expect to publish (the directive) in February 2021, the new regulations will address the training side of the equation where ample guidance will be included to ensure only competent drone operators have the right and approval to operate drones for industrial purposes,” he said.

According to Zainul, unmanned aircraft activities in Malaysia are currently bounded by the Civil Aviation Regulation 2016, and the Aeronautical Information Circular 04/2008.

“We believe now is a perfect opportunity for a new set of drone regulation to come in place to ensure safety as well as thrusting the industry to new heights,” he said.

Meanwhile, NACSA chief executive officer, Mohd Shah Nuri Md Zain said cybersecurity threats in urban air mobility are real as the infrastructure used to operate the technology is plugged with vulnerability.

He said the coordination of cybersecurity issues in the context of the air mobility ecosystem will be done across government agencies under the purview of critical national information infrastructure protection, in line with the Malaysia Cyber Security Strategy launched last October.

“With this strategy, we are navigating our national cybersecurity ecosystem towards an integrated cybersecurity risk assessment based on technology resilience.

“Greater coordination in addressing advanced and sophisticated attacks will reduce risks and elevate cybersecurity at the organisation, sectoral and national levels,” he added. — Bernama

CAAM’s Flight Operations Directives can be found here:

UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEM CIVIL AVIATION DIRECTIVE – 6011 PART (V) 
SPECIAL UAS PROJECT

UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEM CIVIL AVIATION DIRECTIVE – 6011 PART (I)
REMOTE PILOT TRAINING ORGANISATION

UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEM
AGRICULTURAL UAS OPERATIONS

 

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