The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China (“MIIT”) issued a draft interim regulation on fully automated flights (“Draft Regulation”) on 26 January 2018 to solicit public opinions.

The Draft Regulation divides the civil unmanned aerial vehicles ("UAV") into five categories, mainly according to the weight, speed and flight height of the UAVs, and allocates different flight airspaces for different categories of UAVs.

The Draft Regulation sets out the qualification requirements for UAV pilots. It also simplifies the current application and approval procedures of flight planning, and exempts certain categories of UAV from the application and approval procedures.

Please click here to read the full text (Chinese only) of the Draft Regulation.