Christchurch company wants to fly drones in restricted airspace

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Newstalk ZB Staff,
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Audio,
Publish Date
Wednesday, 26 September 2018, 6:39p.m.
The company says current restrictions would slow down their whole operation. (Photo / File)

A drone company in Christchurch is seeking permission to fly in restricted airspace

Currently, rules around drones mean they have to always be in line of sight, but the more advanced crafts Skybase is making goes a lot further.

They are being designed for humanitarian and commercial purpose.

Skybase CEO Michael Read told Larry Williams they need to prove to the satisfaction of regulators that the systems they have onboard guarantee the safety of all airspace users.

"Particularly in the case of something like search and rescue where you need to operate beyond line of sight, activating restricted airspace doesn't make sense, it slows the whole thing down."

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