The Aeronautical Radio of Thailand (ART) has asked the traditional festivals that involve the launching of Bang Fai or homemade rockets must notify authorities seven days in advance to ensure aviation safety.
The National News Bureau of Thailand (NNT) reported that the chief executive officer of ART Ms Sarinee Angsusingha has said that as many traditional rocket events take place in the northeast between May and June each year, attracting visitors both domestic and international, the creation of rockets by locals has increased with more elaborate and powerful designs used.
She pointed out such growth has also led to an increase in the danger posed by makeshift rockets, necessitating that her organization work with other agencies to manage the events.
ART is now working to spread understanding on safe rocket use, to impose zoning on where events can take place and to implement a process for setting off rockets in a safe manner.
It has been mandated that groups holding rocket events submit the details of their activity to their local administrative office. They must indicate when and where the rockets will be used, what they are made of and their dimensions. A form can be downloaded at www.aviation.go.th for the submission, which must be done 7 days in advance of the launch.
Submissions will also be used to compile a real time map of rocket launches to ensure safety for air travelers.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)