LSS aircraft are flying objects with flight levels below 1000m, airspeed less than 200km, and radar reflection area smaller than 2sqm. LSS aircraft have 12 main categories such as light and ultra-light aircraft (including light and ultra-light helicopters), gliders, hang gliders, powered hang gliders, manned balloons (hot air balloon), airship, paragliders, powered paragliders, drones, model aircraft, unmanned free balloons, and captive balloons, etc.
On Feb 26th, Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau issued theNotice of Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau on Strengthening LSS Aircraft Management in Beijing During the 2019 Two Sessions. From 00:00 on March 3rd, 2019 to 24:00 on the closing date of the two sessions (i.e. March 3rdto March 15th), temporary controlled airspace will be delineated, covering the whole administrative area of Beijing and extending from the ground to infinitely high. All work units, organizations and individuals will be banned from any sports-related, recreational, and advertising flying activities or balloon release. Other flying activities must be approved by the army and airspace control departments of civil aviation before carried out.
Besides, according to the notice of Banning Production, Sales, and Flying of Kongming Lanterns in Beijing Region issued in 2014, the production, sales and flying of Kongming Lanterns are banned in the administrative area of Beijing as well. Work units and individuals who produce, sell, and fly Kongming Lanterns unlawfully will be brought to justice by relevant departments. If the situation is so severe that an offence is committed, the law-breakers will be prosecuted for criminal responsibility according to law.
01 A Man Punished for Unlawfully Flying Drones
Around 11:00 on May 14th, 2017, the police of Changping Public Security Sub-bureau found on patrol that a man was flying drones in a community in Beiqijia. The man was put under control instantly and taken back to the bureau for investigation. The police found through investigation that the man, Zhang, bought the parts on an e-commerce platform, installed and commissioned the drone on his own. He carried out the test flight on the same day in the garden of his community, which was not authorized by the airspace control department. As Zhang broke the regulation of flying a drone during the no-fly period and had no qualifications for flying aircraft, the Changping Public Security Sub-bureau doled out the punishment of 10-day detention as per the Second Term of Article 64 of theLaw of Punishments in Public Order and Security Administration.
02 A Man Punished for Aerial Photography in the No-Fly Zone
On Jan 22nd, 2019, Zhang broke the regulation in taking aerial photographs on commercial purposes in Houhai, Xicheng District with a quadrotor drone. Police of Xicheng Sub-bureau put him under control instantly and took him back to the police bureau for investigation. The police found through investigation that the flying, not authorized by airspace control department, was illegal. Since the flying took place in a no-fly zone in the capital city, Zhang had severely disrupted the airspace order. As a result, the Xicheng Public Security Sub-bureau doled out the punishment of 5-day detention as per theLaw of Punishments in Public Order and Security Administration.