Regulations in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department (CAD) has published certain parameters governing non-recreational use of UAS and we at Prospero operate completely within these guidelines to obtain the necessary permits for each activity, as and when required.

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), regardless of weight and purpose are governed by the Air Navigation (Hong Kong) Order 1995 (Cap 448C) of which Article 48 states clearly that a person should not recklessly or negligently cause or permit an aircraft to endanger any person or property.

Regulation 22 of the Air Transport (Licensing of Air Services) Regulations (Cap 448A) states that if a person uses an aircraft for hire and reward, he/she must have CAD’s permit before operating such aircraft and abide by the conditions on the permit

The current law in Hong Kong does not explicitly require pilot licenses to be issued for the operation of UAS. However, applicants for non‐ recreational use of UAS are required to provide evidence of pilot competency. 

International Regulations

We are continuously kept up to date on regulation changes within the global UAS industry.

Sources of this information include:

International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Joint Authorities for Rulemaking on Unmanned Systems (JARUS) and The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) who are actively looking into developing industry standards for the classification, design, manufacture, operation (including maintenance) and safety management of UAS operations.