The Civil Guard detects numerous infractions in the flight with drones in Barcelona

The Pegaso team's mission is to control, detect, and inhibit RPAS (remotely piloted aircraft) known as drones.

Among the numerous services performed, a person was detected who had carried out 52 unauthorized flights – some of them during the state of alarm – in breach of both air safety regulations and, on some of the flights, citizen safety regulations.

Since the confinement began, 12 pilots have been identified, breaching the regulations on 35 occasions.

The Civil Guard has identified 12 pilots in Barcelona during the state of alarm, detecting 35 infractions of air and citizen safety regulations on the flight of RPAS (remotely piloted aircraft), known as drones.

Since the creation of the Pegaso team of the Barcelona Civil Guard, based at the Josep Tarradellas-El Prat airport, in December 2019 and its operational implementation in February, the agents that make up this group have performed numerous services throughout the province of Barcelona identifying 12 pilots and detecting 35 infractions since the implementation of the state of alarm, some of them to the Citizen Security Law, when detecting pilots in time zones and outdoor spaces in which the pilot, like the rest of citizens, had restricted their mobility.

Among the missions entrusted to the Pegaso team of the Barcelona Civil Guard, it stands out the control of infrastructures and fiscal control of the aerodromes of the province, the administrative control of flights and aerial work, the control, detection and, where appropriate, inhibition of RPAS that are in the CTR (Air Traffic Control) of Barcelona, ​​the heliport supervision and the investigation of possible crimes or infractions committed with RPAS.

This equipment has a RPAS detector capable of locating and identifying a drone in flight and an inhibitor with the possibility of canceling the camera or even allowing agents to take control of the aircraft in case of imminent risk.

In March, a device began to locate an RPA that had been detected making illegal flights through numerous points in Barcelona, ​​before the state of alarm began and also throughout this period.

In early May, the pilot was identified, a French citizen, a professional operator of (RPAs), a neighbor of Barcelona, ​​who had made 52 flights without authorization from Enaire within Air Traffic Control.

Among other offenses that are attributed to this pilot is the breach of the prohibition to fly over crowds of people (in this case before the state of alarm was decreed), also of buildings, lacking identification plates of both the ship and the pilot station, as well as not complying with the obligation to coordinate with the control tower of the Barcelona airport or with the various heliports that the city owns.

The Pegaso Team of the Barcelona Civil Guard has brought all the detected infractions to the attention of the State Aviation Safety Agency and the Territorial Delegation of the Govern of the Generalitat de Catalunya.


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