Tech Ep.4

After EP.3 where we talked about cameras, this episode still revolves around photography, but this gadget will make your photography experience even more exceptional, enjoyable, and add new dimensions to your photography adventures. It's guaranteed to make your trips all the more special. ThailandConnex presents "Photography Drones."

These versatile flying devices with various sizes and functions have increasingly become a crucial part of modern travel. With their unique capabilities and exceptional versatility, they allow us to capture images or videos from angles that ordinary folks like us might rarely get to see, such as a bird's-eye view. Drones also help save costs that might otherwise go into renting aircraft, paragliding, or taking hot air balloon rides.

However, this equipment comes with important things to know, be cautious of, and responsibilities for the owner. All types of drones must be registered by the owner with the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) office. Additionally, drones with certain characteristics must be registered with the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT).

Drones equipped with cameras must be registered under the following circumstances:

  1. Drones weighing over 2 kilograms but not exceeding 25 kilograms must be registered in all cases.
  2. Drones weighing over 25 kilograms must be registered in all cases and must also receive written permission from the Minister of Transport.

Regarding precautions and prohibitions, the key points are as follows:

  1. Flying drones within a 19-kilometer radius from the Victory Monument and flying within the royal grounds are strictly prohibited.
  2. Flying drones in restricted and danger areas as announced in the Aeronautical Information Publication – Thailand (AIP - Thailand), including a 9-kilometer (5 nautical miles) area from temporary takeoff and landing sites of aircraft, is prohibited unless permission is granted by the responsible authorities.
  3. Flying drones in government premises, state agencies, and hospitals is prohibited unless permission is granted by the responsible authorities.

Drone operators must study and adhere to the Ministry of Transport regulations on criteria for requesting permission and conditions for operating or releasing aircraft without a pilot, which were declared on July 2, 2015.

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