- Application and enforcement dates for UA Basic Training will now come into effect from 1 June 2020 and 1 September 2020 respectively. The revised implementation dates take into consideration the current economic outlook.
- UA users, where applicable*, will have a 3-month grace period from 1 June 2020 to obtain the relevant UA Basic Training Certificate.
- From 1 September 2020, it will be an offence for any user who does not comply with the UA Basic Training requirements.
- The list of CAAS-approved UA Basic Training Organisations will be published here before 1 June 2020.
*A user who operates a UA weighing more than 1.5kg but not exceeding 7kg for a recreational or educational purpose must undergo a one-time online training conducted by any CAAS-approved UA Basic Training organisation.
Users who operate their unmanned aircraft (UA) with a total weight of more than 1.5 kilograms and not exceeding 7 kilograms, for recreational or educational purposes, will be required to undergo a one-time UA Basic Training to be conducted by CAAS-approved UA Basic Training organisations. Users must be at least 16 years old at the point of flying the UA.
The UA Basic Training will provide users with relevant theoretical knowledge on how to operate their UA safely. The training will take about one to two hours to complete. Upon successful completion of the training, users will be issued with a UA Basic Training certificate.
From 1 September 2020, it will be an offence to operate a UA, weighing more than 1.5kg and not exceeding 7kg, for recreational or educational purposes without a valid UA Basic Training certificate.
Users who fail to comply with the Basic Training requirements could face a fine of up to $50,000, or imprisonment not exceeding 2 years, or both for a first offence and up to $100,000, or imprisonment not exceeding 5 years, or both for a second or subsequent offence. In addition, users who fail to produce a valid UA Basic Training certificate, UA Pilot Licence (UAPL), activity or operator permit during the verification checks by CAAS enforcement officers could face a fine up to $20,000 for a first offence, and a fine of up to $40,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 15 months, or both for a second or subsequent offence.
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