Moving Against Civilian UAVs Endangering Aircraft


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The administration of the Hangzhou airport in eastern China will use a high-tech solution to keep UAVs at a safe distance. The decision is expected to contribute to aircraft safety, state-run Chinese news agency Xinhua’s Russian edition reported recently.

The technology, nicknamed “Electronic Wall,” will help break communication between an UAV and its operator in the event that the drone gets closer than ten kilometers from the airport, according to As a result, the UAV will be unable to receive any signals, and it will only be capable of returning to the place from where it was launched.

Over the past few years, more and more civil UAVs have come dangerously close to airports across China, which could damage an aircraft during its take-off or landing. In particular, footage emerged online in January 2017 which showed a civilian drone approaching a Chinese plane flying near the airport, in an apparent attempt to take photographs of the aircraft. Earlier, Chinese authorities ruled that as of June 1, 2017, all UAVs weighing more than 250 grams should be registered.

Right now, an increasing number of civil drones are being used in agriculture, environmental monitoring, and geographic research. Competent authorities also publish information on areas near airports where civilian drones are prohibited; the plan is to cooperate with local and public security authorities in the field related to the control of civilian drones.