In accordance with the relevant Macao’s legislation, namely Article 6 of Portaria No. 233/95/M of 14 August which has been revised by Chief Executive’s Despacho No. 295/2010, a resident or an organization who wishes to carry out a flying activity in Macao must get the written permission from the Civil Aviation Authority. The flying activities include performing an organized release of latex balloons; flying a captive balloon, a kite, a hot air balloon, a lantern, a model aircraft or an unmanned aerial vehicle which is over 7 kg; installing or operating external laser lights or search lights; performing aerial shows and so on.
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In accordance with Article 67 of the Air Navigation Regulation of Macau, the restrictions on unmanned aircraft operations in Macao air traffic control zone are as follows:
1. Subject to provision (3), unless with the authorization in writing of the Civil Aviation Authority and in accordance with any conditions to which that authorization may be granted, within the Macao air traffic control zone a person shall not operate an unmanned aircraft to fly, at any height, unless the operation is performed indoors or with the authorization in writing of the Civil Aviation Authority and in accordance with any conditions to which that authorization may be granted.
2. All unmanned aircraft weighing more than 250 grams must be labelled with the name and phone number of the owner in Chinese, Portuguese or English languages and the information must be easily legible to the reader.
3. Subject to provision (4), a person may operate an unmanned aircraft under the following conditions:
the unmanned aircraft weighs 7 kg or less;
the unmanned aircraft flies at a height not greater than 30 m (100 ft) above the surface;
the operation takes place during day time;
the unmanned aircraft is not carrying any dangerous substances, including weapons and ammunitions, corrosive, flammable or explosive substances, fireworks, firecrackers, any chemical or biological agent or toxin and any radioactive material or substance;
the unmanned aircraft is not discharging anything whether gaseous, liquid or solid;
the unmanned aircraft is not towing any object;
the unmanned aircraft is not flying within 100 metres of a gathering of 100 persons or more;
the operator is on site within 100 metres and with direct control of the unmanned aircraft;
the unmanned aircraft is operated under a Visual Line of Sight Operation (VLOS); and
the operator is reasonably satisfied that the flight can safely be made.
4. A person shall not operate any unmanned aircraft to fly, at any height, over any part of a protected area, including:
The airspace within 1000 metres of any aerodrome or landing location, and the aircraft flight path protection area;
The airspace within 50 metres of the Macao Government headquarters, the Legislative Assembly Building, the Court of Final Appeal Building, the official residences of the Chief Executive and principal officials of Macao, the Central People’s Government institutions in Macao as defined by Regulamento Administrativo no. 22/2000, the Macao Prison, the youth Correctional Institution, the Ka Ho power station and electrical power substations, The Macao Water Supply Company headquarters and the Ka-Ho Fuel farm;
Areas over which the Civil Aviation Authority has restricted or prohibited flying in accordance with Article 66 of the Air Navigation Regulation of Macau.
In accordance with Provision 16 of Decree Law No. 52/94/M of 7 November, anyone who performs a flying activity in the protection area as set forth in the aeronautical restrictions and does not comply with the above requirements will be liable to a fine of MOP2,000 to MOP20,000 imposed by AACM.
Application with detailed information can be submitted to the Civil Aviation Authority by post, fax, email or in person at least 10 working days in advance. No fee is charged. The evaluation and approval process takes no more than 10 working days.
AACM takes the opportunity to highlight that the main objective of the legislation is to ensure aviation safety. It is not the objective to purposely create a means to disturb people from leisure.Ever since Macau International Airport has been put into operation, the air transport has become an important means for Macao residents to travel abroad. The SAR government has the responsibility to establish a decent clearance environment to guarantee the safe operations of the industry. It is through this way that the living and the traveling of our residents can be protected.