The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has issued New Directives on the requirements for the registration and use of ‘drones’ in the country.
The drones which is technically known as ‘remotely piloted aircraft system’ is among other things meant to serve as a directive to supplement the provisions of the Ghana Civil Aviation (Safety) Regulations, 2011, L.I. 2000.
The guidelines are also to ensure safety in the operations of the Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS).
Per the new guidelines a person will not be obliged to act as an RPA observer without having in his/ her possession proof of RPA observer competency issued by a training organization approved by the Authority.
Meanwhile some privileges and conditions include:
1. No person shall operate an RPAS without a license issued by the Authority.
2. No RPAS pilot shall operate an RPAS except in accordance with the ratings, limitations or endorsements of their license.
3. The exercise of the privileges granted by a remote pilot license shall depend on the validity of the license, the medical certificate and if applicable, of the ratings contained in the license.
4. An RPAS piloting license shall be valid for a period of five (5) years, renewable every year upon proof of a valid medical certificate
According to the GCAA, more on the initial directives could be assessed on their website under the heading, “Safety Directives on Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS).”