China’s civil aviation watchdog is about to introduce a real-name registration policy for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in a bid to address mounting concerns over drone threats to the country’s aviation safety and national security, local media is reporting (in Chinese).

The civil use of drones has had a growing presence in China since 2011. Despite the great advantages they bring to people, such as surveying and mapping, capturing live events, and small item delivery, they have created safety and security problems. Since this January, there have been 11 reported cases on flights affected by UAVs entering “clearance protection areas” in China.

China has more than 20,000 drones, but only 10,000 operators of the drones have acquired UAV pilot licenses, according to Shu Zhenjie, director of the UAV Lab at the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (in Chinese).

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Sheila Yu

Sheila Yu is a Shanghai-based technology writer. She brings readers the biggest news from Chinese language tech media. Reach her at sheila@technode.com.