Civilian UAVs to Take to Israel's Skies Again

Civilian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are being allowed to return to flying Israel's skies.

A new temporary procedure will allow the renewal of private UAV flights - until the permanent ordinances are formulated, supposedly by the end of 2007.

For almost a year, the Israel Air Force has banned all flight operations for civilian UAVs - which has harmed the industries that manufacture and use such vehicles, TheMarker has learned.

UAVs are used, for example, in rescue operations, as well as various civilian locating and reconnaissance businesses.

The new rules will require a committee of experts to examine each UAV and its operators separately, and recommend the restrictions on every flight to the Israel Civil Aviation Administration.

The Air Force had previously refused to continue being responsible for approving such flights, and insisted that a civilian body to handle the matter.