Avilés, Spain (PortSEurope) December 6, 2018 – Autoridad Portuaria de Avilés (APA – Port Authority of Avilés)’s project for the operation of unmanned aircraft to monitor and control the stockpiling of cargo in the docks remains blocked, due to the lack of permit issued by the Spanish air security agency.
The agency has recently said it has still not granted an approval to the port, as the companies that proposed to offer the service to Avilés port have no license to operate unmanned aircraft in an area that is located near the Asturias airport.
Avilés port presented the project two years ago, but it was almost immediately blocked by the Spanish air security agency. A year later the requirements were relaxed in a new regulatory framework that regulates the flight of drones in areas close to airports. Despite this change, operators have to request for a special permit, which in the case of the port is still in the processing phase.
Source: La Voz de Avilés
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