GCTL8.com (FocusAsia Media Ltd)

BEIJING, Feb 21 (FAM) – In July 2016, the Civil Aviation Administration of China released a new regulation on drones, including requirements for operators and introducing a cloud system on which key flight data will be recorded.

But the regulation remains controversial, as it stipulates that “drones with a vacant weight of fewer than 4 kilograms and a takeoff weight of no more 7 kilograms do not require a license.” According to the regulation, tests of drones in “remote and sparsely populated areas” also do not require approval from the authorities, though a classification system for such areas has yet to be published.