China’s southernmost tropical resort Hainan has released what the province said is the country’s first aerial map meant for UAV activity on the island.
The map, which demarcates areas that are suitable for flight of drones on the island, roughly overlaps with the geographical map of the island.
Hainan is the country’s second-largest island and a popular tourist destination.
The release of the map represents the latest in a series of strides by the province in opening up its airspace for new market opportunities, local media reported.
Nonetheless, the map so far is not binding, as it doesn’t pose any legal obligation on those to whom it applies.
At a seminar on low-altitude economy held in Wenchang, a city at the northeastern tip of Hainan, on November 27, a number of researchers and corporate practitioners spoke about ways to promote the development of a low-altitude economy, with deregulation of UAV activities at the center of their discussion.
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Among a string of measures proposed by the speakers, spurring technological innovation in UAV, devising a scientific growth plan and setting up a pilot area for application were the favorite.
Across China, various localities have come up with blueprints that map out paths to a more vibrant low-altitude economy.
UAV, eVTOL and other forms of aircraft have moved to the front of public consciousness as they pioneer a new form of mobility, complementing the prevalent means of public transportation.
Hainan is one of the first localities within China to push through reforms in airspace management.
In 2018, the province became a pilot in helping to construct the national UAV comprehensive supervision platform.
Public data shows that in the 10 years since September 2013, the island has built a mature general aviation industry from scratch, logging 3.2 million flights by general aviation operators, averaging 862 a day.