(Yicai Global) March 22 -- The Civil Aviation Administration of China, CAAC, plans to formulate an airworthiness standard and management system for unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, based on operational risks, online news outlet The Paper reported.
The CAAC plans to conduct comprehensive risk assessments based on maximum takeoff weight, visibility range, operating environment, drone model and technology, and operating areas to develop such an airworthiness management system, said Xu Chaoqun, director of aircraft airworthiness certification department of CAAC, at an international civil UAV development forum today.
The system will cover five areas, namely risk assessment, management, credit system, prior approval and penalty. It aims to develop the system, taking into account operational risks, Xu said, adding that the work has just begun and is at a preliminary research stage.
CAAC will adopt new technologies such as the Internet of Things, Big Data and blockchain to conduct operational risk assessments, employing a "smart, data-intensive and ecological" approach to develop the system, Xu added.
At present, China boasts 650 drone manufacturers as well as 180,000 registered UAVs and 170,000 drone users, Xu revealed. As a result, China's drone market occupies 70 percent of the world's total.