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Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)

Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)

Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) would like to emphasise that all Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) or more familiarly known as Drone flight activities are currently bound to Civil Aviation Regulation 2016 (MCAR) Regulation 140-144.

If your UAS activity is flown not categorised as Special UAS Project, Agricultural UAS Operations, flown within Visual Line of Sight in Class G Airspace and utilising less than 20 kilogrammes of UA. Then most likely, you will require to submit the Standard Application to achieve your Authorisation to Fly.

Application form for the authorisation to fly can be found in the document laid out below. The completed application form and required supporting documents shall be sent to drone.atf@caam.gov.my at least fourteen (14) days prior to the proposed activity date. CAAM reserves the rights to reject incomplete or late submission.

The objective of the Government Agencies to Conduct AdHoc UAS Operations (GAO) application is to facilitate government agencies, local authorities, law enforcement agencies and/or local safety entities to conduct ad-hoc UAS operations for the purpose of law enforcement, surveillance and/or other related activity of public interest protection in Visual Line of Sight (VLOS) and/or Extended Visual Line of Sight (EVLOS) only.

The application form for the approval can be found in the document laid out below. Kindly refer the presentation slide document for further details pertaining to the approval application.

The completed application form and the required documents shall be sent to drone.atf@caam.gov.my

Civil Aviation Directive 6011 Part (I) Remote Pilot Training Organisation (CAD 6011 Part (I) – RPTO) is applicable to all organisation who wish to conduct Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) remote pilot training and to be approved as a Remote Pilot Training Organisation (RPTO) by CAAM.

Remote Pilot Training Organisation

CAD 6011 Part (I) – RPTO sets out the requirements, administrative processes, instructions, and guidance related to the operation of the Remote Pilot Training Organisation within Malaysia and for the issuance of Certificate of Approval (COA) to the RPTO.

Applicant is advised to carefully read and understands the approval requirements and application process flow in the CAD 6011 (I) – RPTO document to avoid any confusion and delay in the RPTO COA application process.

Approved Training Organisation – Remote Pilot Training Organisation (ATO-RPTO) is an organisation that has been formally approved by the CAAM to submit reports for theoretical knowledge instruction and flight instruction and assessment in relation to the competency of remote pilots. The CAAM approves RPTO to assess the competence of remote pilots against a specific set of requirements and to supply reports to CAAM for the issuance of the certificate.

Remote Pilot Certificate of Competency (RCoC) satisfies the requirements within:

1) Specific Category/ Special UAS Project Approval:

  • RCoC-B is acceptable for all VLOS operations conducted under a published STS or PDRA and, in most circumstances, it will be considered an acceptable level of remote pilot competency within an operational risk assessment for any VLOS operation.
  • If the RCoC-B is paired with Module 1 (EVLOS), the Certificate holder may operate operations that involve an unmanned aircraft being flown beyond the VLOS of the remote pilot but make use of visual observers for the purpose of avoiding collisions (i.e., operations that are frequently referred to as Extended VLOS [EVLOS])

 

2) Agricultural UAS Operations:

  • RCoC-B is acceptable for all VLOS operations requirements of CAD 6011 (II) for ‘other than dispensation’ operations. (surveillance, mapping, etc)
  • If the RCOC-B is paired with Module 2 (AGR) the Certificate holder may operate agricultural UAS works which include dispensation operations.
  • If the RCoC-B is paired with Module 1 (EVLOS), the certificate holder may operate operations which are primarily involving an unmanned aircraft being flown beyond VLOS of the remote pilot but make use of visual observers for the purpose of avoiding collisions.

CAAM deems an agricultural UAS operations is the operations of a UAS for the purpose of:

  • Dispensing any agricultural any agricultural payload intended for plan nourishment, soil treatment, propagation of plant life, or pest control; or
  • Engaging in dispensing ‘agricultural payload’ and surveillance activities directly affecting agriculture, horticulture, or forest preservation, but not including the dispensing of live insects.

Agricultural UAS Operations

Civil Aviation Directive Part 6011 (II) Agricultural UAS Operations (CAD 6011 Part (II) – UAS AGR) is applicable for the issuance of Aerial Work Certificate (AWC) to all private and commercial Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) operator in order to conduct agricultural UAS operations within Malaysia.

Applicant is advised to carefully read and understands the certification reqirements and application process flow in the CAD 6011 Part (II) – UAS AGR document to avoid any confusion and delay in the application of agricultural UAS operations AWC.

CAAM classifies a UAS operation as Special UAS Project if the operation involves:

  • Carriage of Dangerous Goods;
  • Beyond Line of Sight (BVLOS);
  • Research and Development (R&D);
  • Any other operations that require an additional operational support activity from the CAAM due to the additional risks it involves.

Special UAS Project

Civil Aviation Directive 6011 Part (V) Special UAS Project (CAD 6011 Part (V) – UAS SUP) is applicable for the issuance of a Special UAS Project Approval to UAS operator in order to conduct any UAS operations which CAAM classifies as Special UAS Project operations within Malaysia.

Applicant is advised to carefully read and understands the approval requirements and application process flow in the CAD SUP document to avoid any confusion and delay in the application of special UAS project approval.

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