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Garuda awaits regulation to start cargo drone operation

  • Riza Roidila Mufti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 24 2019   /  01:44 am

The plan to use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), widely known as drones, for cargo delivery in Indonesia’s airspace has raised safety concerns as their operation can disrupt air traffic near airports.Indonesia is one of the countries that have supported the operation of drones for cargo transportation. National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia announced its plan to fly 100 drones and 50 unmanned helicopters (VTOL) in 2021 to support its cargo business.The regulator said it was in the process of preparing a more complete regulation to support the commercial use of drones for the delivery of goods.“Drones are one disruption that must be anticipated in aviation, especially since the drones have been developed and are used for various needs, not only as a hobby or for photography, but also for logistics,” Polana B. Pramesti, the Transportation Ministry's the civil aviation director genera...