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      The airport that welcomes drone flights
      A crowd has gathered on Juma, an island in Tanzania’s Lake Victoria, the world’s second largest freshwater lake.

      The local people are standing behind makeshift nets which cordon off an area where a small group of engineers are consulting laptops and smartphones.

      Along with representatives from organisations such as the United Nations children’s agency Unicef, the World Food Programme and the World Bank, they are looking up at the skies, waiting for a drone to land.

      The drone is being flown within 3km (1.8 miles) of the local airport in Mwanza and, with air traffic control monitoring it, this is a sign of how Africa is leaping ahead in terms of regulation and vision around unmanned flying vehicles.

      The flight is part of a conference called the Lake Victoria Challenge (LVC) which aims to make commercial drone flights in East Africa the norm, bringing goods and services to communities such as Juma, which are cut off from the mainland.


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