When released, a sky lantern1 may drift far from the point of release to areas and heights that may affect aircraft operations. The lanterns may distract pilots during critical stages of flight (such as take-off or landing) and/or be ingested by aircraft engines. This may in turn endanger lives and cause harm to the property – in the air and on the ground.
How Do I Release Sky Lanterns Safely?
The release of sky lanterns is strictly prohibited during the operating hours of military airbases (Monday to Friday, 7am to 7pm; Saturday, 7am to 1pm).
Beyond these hours, the sky lanterns should not be released within these limits without a permit:
- Within 5km of an airport/airbase
- Higher than 200 feet above mean sea level outside 5km of an airport/airbase
Do I Need To Notify CAAS To Release Sky Lanterns?
Yes. If you are planning to release sky lanterns within the area and height limits, you will need to submit a notification to CAAS.
When Do I Need A Permit To Release Sky Lanterns?
A permit is required from CAAS when releasing sky lanterns outside the area and height limits. Applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. It will take 7 working days to process your application, as assessment will be conducted in consultation with the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF). You also need to obtain clearance from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).
1 A sky lantern, also known as “Kong Ming Lantern” or “Wish Lantern”, is an airborne paper lantern which derives buoyancy through heated air enclosed within the body of the lantern. Heat is usually generated through a small flame housed within the lantern. Sky lanterns are commonly released during Chinese New Year and Mid Autumn Festival.