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October 17, 2017 9:40 pm

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UAV Owners and Operators to comply with GCAA drone directive

The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) is advising the general public, especially owners and operators of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) that, in keeping with the directive issued on February 26, 2017, all owners and operators must ensure that all flights are conducted according to the specific requirements and standard operating conditions outlined.

The GCAA has noted an increase in the operation of drones at nights and during holidays and other festivities. The GCAA is therefore encouraging owners and operators of drones to comply with the following guidelines:

  • Do not fly near airports, aircrafts or restricted airspaces;
  • All UAVs must be flown below 150 meters (492 ft.);
  • Do not fly at nights or in low visibility conditions;
  • All UAVs should be operated within sight of the operator; and
  • All UAVs should be operated at a safe distance of 50 meters (164ft) away from persons and property.

The GCAA continues to call on owners of drones to have these UAVs registered with the Authority before putting same into operation.

Failing to comply with the guidelines and the directive as referenced above will result in prosecution by the relevant authorities.

Further information and clarification on the use and operation of drones and UAV’s can be obtained from the GCAA’s Drones Unit on 227 8111 extension 264.

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