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Drone operators beware!

Local authorities are warning operators of drones that they could face prosecution if they are caught flying the popular technological devices outside of designated zones.

The warning came in a statement issued today by the Director of Civil Aviation Kingsley Nelson in which he also disclosed that Government was currently reviewing the rules and processes governing the importation and use of drone technology.

He noted that the increasing use of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RMAs) or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), as they are referred to, present some security, privacy and safety concerns.

drone 2The Division of Defense and Security, Prime Minister’s Office, The Barbados Civil Aviation Department, Barbados Defense Force, Royal Barbados Police Force, Telecommunications Division and Customs and Excise Department are among several government agencies examining the issues posed by the use of these vehicles,” Nelson said.

The Civil Aviation Director also sought to remind operators that there were several no-fly areas, especially around Easter with the flying of kites.

He pointed out that currently, the Civil Aviation Department restricts recreational flying of RPAs and UAVs to four designated areas, namely Dash Valley, St George; College Savannah, St John; Sterling and Marley Vale, St Philip.

All persons/entities, whether recreational or commercial, operating in breach of the above may be subjected to criminal prosecution,” Nelson added.

In the meantime, he said persons wishing to operate UAVs outside of the designated areas or on a commercial basis were required to make an application to the Permanent Secretary, Defense and Security, Prime Minister’s Office.

Operators of all RPAS are also required to be in possession of a valid telecommunications radio-controlled licence; maintain visual contact (visual line of sight) with the RPAS at all times; maintain a safe distance from all obstacles, including buildings; operate at a height less than 400ft above ground level; and comply with any provisions and conditions issued by the appropriate authorities. (BGIS)

10 Responses to Drone operators beware!

  1. Roger Manning
    Roger Manning May 24, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    I am starting to feel like I am living in a Socialist country. Every month there is a regulation, a fee or a new penalty for something. There much be rules in any society, but do we always need such extreme knee jerk regulations. Insurance for a drone, Jesus! This Government is going to legislate this country into the ground.

  2. Deals On Wheels
    Deals On Wheels May 24, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    Of all the places mentioned they forgot the airport. Hopefully smart thinking Bajans would know that also as a no-fly

    • Olutoye Walrond May 25, 2015 at 3:27 am

      The areas mentioned are designated fly zones, not no-fly zones.

  3. dave May 25, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Will they stop the real drones from the BEES ?
    They cant stop them and Drone BEES will Buzz DEM out when the comes -when the time is nigh.

  4. Kevin May 25, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Chupse, you have to go through all of these things just to fly a drone. They could rush to get this legislation through but wont focus on the issues that really need attention.

  5. Watchman May 25, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    @ Kevin, the article refers to existing legislation, what new legislation do you mean ?
    The above rules are what the air modelers already follow, how is a drone different in that regard ?

    @ Manning, where does it say insurance is required ?

  6. villager. May 25, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    Roger Manning i bet if a drone was hovering over your residence for a period of time you would be singing a different tune, it is persons like you who always have a problem, depends on who is enforcing a particular law,as a matter of fact i strongly believe that you feel you should be running things,drones are not just fancy toys they can be destructive in the wrong hands.


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