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Mexico’s Congressmen Pass Reform to Redefine and Foster Drone Industry

Karina Martin - PanAm Post
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November 8, 2017
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Machines invented for specific recreational purposes, can sometimes be used to commit crimes (Wochit News)

Mexico’s Lower House has approved to reform the Civil Aviation and the Airport Regulation Laws in order to give the Secretary of Communication and Transportation (SCT) dominion over drone use.

The bill passed with 397 votes in favor (out of 500) and if approved by the Senate and the president it will redefine the legal term “airplane” in order to include aerial vehicles operated at a distance (drones).

The reform introduces into the Civil Aviation Law the concept of a “remotely piloted aircraft system”, defined as “the set of configurable elements composed of an aircraft capable of maintaining autonomy in the air, its associated remote pilot stations, the necessary command and control links, as well as any other elemental system that may be required at any point during the flight operation.”

Based on this, the SCT will determine the “classification and particularities of remotely piloted aircraft systems,” the “uses and purposes of the devices,” and “the requirements for granting authorizations and licenses.”

With this initiative, Mexico seeks to establish clear standards in the drone industry and lure investors away from other countries that lack guidelines.

The reform also mandates drone owners must request a permit, register their units, and purchase insurance policies.

Read the rest at PanAm Post | Español

Related: Drone Manufacturer Will Expand Operations in Yucatán (The Yucatan Times)


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