(Yicai Global) May 3 -- The Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport in southwestern China's Sichuan province has been the victim of drone intrusions of late.
They have led to more than 100 flight delays stranding more than 10,000 passengers and posed a serious threat to flight safety in the civil aviation industry.
Police have instituted an investigation into the intrusions. Industry insiders have called for setting up a real name registration system for unmanned aerial vehicle owners as quickly as possible.
Nine such incidents have occurred at the Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport since April 14, Jiemian.com reported today.
Collisions are likely to occur when drones and birds fly near runways, and such intrusions can force aircraft to change their route to avoid impacts.
Chengdu police said that they are investigating the drone intrusions, and stress that those who operate drone flights without an authorization from the armed forces or civil aviation authorities will be charged with the crime of endangering public safety with a hazardous instrumentality.
Drone-maker SZ DJI Technology Co. is also offering rewards of up to USD145,000 (CNY1 million) to tipsters providing clues to drone intrusions affecting civil flights.
"As technology progresses, drones have become more and more popular and affordable," an insider told Yicai Global. "Implementing a real name registration system for UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) owners, under which consumers are required to register with authorities and present a flight permit when purchasing drones, can help quickly pin down the owner when an accident occurs."
"China should also improve airspace regulation and classify low-altitude airspace," the insider added. "Countries where civilian drones have started earlier were also early in passing relevant legislation upon which we should draw."
A real name registration system for small unmanned aircraft was already put into place two years ago in the US where the civilian drone industry got off to an earlier start. The US Federal Aviation Administration has implemented a real name registration system for small unmanned aircraft starting December 2015 to ensure that owners of small drones that fail to comply with rules on aviation safety can be tracked to safeguard aviation security.