PUTRAJAYA: The Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) has not authorised a planned test flight of the UAS E-Hang 216 (EH216) scheduled tomorrow (Nov 21).
CAAM said the location of the test flight, at the UNIKL MIAT Hangar Subang, was less than 200 metres from commercial airline and helicopter traffic and clearly within the Subang Airport Terminal Control Zone, which was under strict supervision of the Air Traffic Control.
"In addition to this, the EH216 was only issued a Special Flight Permit (SFP) by its State of Design (Civil Aviation Administration of China) which is limited to conducting Research & Development Flights in Grand World Science Park in Guangzhou," it said in a statement today.
It also addded that CAAM would investigate into an unauthorised demonstration flight involving an EH216 on Nov 15 at the same area within Subang Airport.
"As much as CAAM supports the development of the aerospace industry in Malaysia, test and demonstration flights must be carried out in accordance with the Malaysian Civil Aviation Regulation 2016 (MCAR 2016) to ensure safety.
"CAAM would also like to state that we are open to consider the request for a test flight of the EH216 at an appropriate location, and with the support of the aircraft’s State of Design," it said.