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The Air Force has granted permission for launching and flying unmanned model planes and aircrafts, which were previously banned by the government, as it was deemed a security threat.

The flying of such aircrafts has been limited to the Ekala Air Force base, but is to be allowed in other areas soon after the completion of the 60th Anniversary celebrations of the Air Force. (Pradeep Pathirana)

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  • Ravith Sunday, 20 February 2011 03:37 AM

    The same way if they can lift the restriction on the remotes as well it would be great. Because currently you have to go to trc and import export control both places to get a remote cleared, and that also only with the detailed specs. Most remotes don't come with detailed technical specs which trc requries.

    Hemantha Saturday, 19 February 2011 07:52 AM

    majority of children of this country specially those who lives in detaining camps still and those who lives in slums all these children have unmanned model aircraft....even parents can forget about the rising cost of living and keep on sending kites while their children handle unmanned aircraft...Jesus Christ !!!!!

    Royalist Saturday, 19 February 2011 08:09 AM

    Tell me who is importing these toys now... he must be a high flyer...

    Rajitha Saturday, 19 February 2011 08:26 AM

    what's wrong with you? i wanted to build one for a long time. finally i can start building.

    gihan fernando Saturday, 19 February 2011 08:34 AM

    Model Aircraft were banned because the Air Force 'experts' did not have a clue of what it is about. It was never a threat to National Security. By banning these educational toys we brought up a generation of children who were not exposed to this interesting hobby. All the model flying enthusiasts, save a few, in SL are older folk and it was high time the ban was lifted. In the past some of these enthusiasts went on to become engineers and pilots in our National Carrier and the air force and were dedicated employees to whom aviation was not a job but a way of life. This is the way to go!

    I fear that it might be NATO (No Action Talk Only)

    haren Saturday, 19 February 2011 08:49 AM

    I feel so proud that tha last problem for the people of my country is finally solved.Thnks you!

    jk Saturday, 19 February 2011 08:55 AM

    What has removal of unmanned aircraft ban got to do with Air Force's 60th anniversary.

    If the ban is removed due to the improvement in security situation it should be removed. What has Air Force's annivesary got to do with country's security situation?

    sltk2004 Saturday, 19 February 2011 08:59 AM

    Are you nuts ? We had so many restrictions last few years: model aircrafts, radio controlled toys, GPS, maps... It is a very good thing that those restrictions are being removed gradually, so that those who are interested in those are allowed to pursue their interests.

    Mithraka Fernando Sunday, 20 February 2011 07:54 AM

    Now only they have to be careful of unmanned aircrafts from INDIA!! All the best!!

    E.N.Gland Saturday, 19 February 2011 05:40 PM

    Where are your brains. Air Force was a part of the security system in Sri lanka


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