Restrictions on flying unmanned aircraft during F1 race

SINGAPORE - Unmanned aircraft will not be allowed to fly in certain areas when the Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix takes place later this week.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said on Tuesday that this is to ensure that they do not get in the way of low-level helicopter flights that are conducting aerial filming during the race.

Unmanned aircraft may pose a danger to the helicopter as well as people and property on the ground, said CAAS.

The restrictions will take place everyday starting Sep 18, from 12pm to 2am the following day, and will be lifted from 12 midnight onwards on Sep 21.

Restricted areas span as far as Sentosa and Telok Blangah, as well as Queenstown, Toa Payoh, Aljunied, Geylang and Marine Parade.

Flying of off-theshelf and self-assembled unmanned aircraft within and into the restricted area is an offence.

Those who do not comply can be fined up to $20,000 in the first instance, while repeat offenders face a maximum fine of $40,000 and a jail term of up to 15 months.