Drones for educational purpose in Singapore ( for MOE schools only)
Please note this blogpost is only applicable for *MOE registered government schools in Singapore .
Due to the covid 19 situation, CCA activities have been halted or are done completely online. Drones ( UA) are used effectively to engage students to learn aerodynamics , coding and robotics and even trending topics such as machine learning and artificial intelligence. We have received many enquiries on usage of drones in schools and whether there are any exceptions to the current rule.
Fortunately, government schools in Singapore fulfill the criteria of " educational purpose" , set by CAAS.
In summary, you* do not need to apply for any permit if you fulfill the below 2 conditions.
a) You are only flying the drone indoors. The definition of indoors refers to an enclosed space with no possibility of the drone flying out of the area.
Eg, classroom and hall with windows and doors shut.
Partially covered indoor sports hall is NOT an indoor location
b) The weight of the drone is below 250g.
Here's a detailed video of the different permits.
We had created some videos based on commonly asked questions by educators:
Q1)Can I fly a drone outdoor in my school?
Answer: You can fly your drone outdoor if your school is NOT in a no-fly zone and you fulfill the other criteria.
Please check whether your school is in a no-fly zone -https://youtu.be/w7WjXyKn7EU
Q2) What are Do's and Donts of operating unmanned aircraft- Answer: https://youtu.be/5WtviA5LyaU
Q3) Do I need to register my aircraft?
Answer: You need to register your aircraft if your aircraft is above 250g.
Q4) My students are below 16 years old of age. Will there be any issues?
The legal age to fly a drone is 16 years old . You will need to make sure that your students are supervised by a competent adult. The competent adult might be required to have the necessary permits such as a UAPL , depending on the type of operation and the type of aircraft.
For your educational needs, visit www.65drones.com to view the lightweight educational drones which do not require any UA registration in Singapore. Portable drone cages are also available for purchase to create your indoor flying area , at the comfort in your school.
If you have more questions, please feel free to reach out to us via the https://www.65drones.com/pages/howcanweassistyou# or simply leave a comment at the bottom.