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Drone Regulations Are Now Complete

By NATARIO McKENZIE

Tribune Business Reporter

nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

Legislation to regulate the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the Bahamas has been completed and will be brought to Parliament shortly, the transport and aviation minister said yesterday.

“The regulations have been completed and will be laid shortly,” said Glenys Hanna Martin, when asked about the progress of regulations to govern UAV usage, which had been put out for consultation by the Department of Civil Aviation in April.

“We have had dialogue with industry stakeholders, hobbyists, the real estate industry, because they use it also to survey land. We have met with Civil Aviation and the FAA. We have had extensive dialogue and consultation. We are getting ready to lay the Bill in Parliament,” said Mrs Hanna Martin.

The proposed regulations for Aerial Work Operations 2015  and Unmanned Aircraft 2015 by the Department of Civil Aviation outline the necessary requirements and certifications for the use of UAVs, as well as restrictions.

The use of UAVs or drones has sparked serious debate in the US, and local  experts have called on the Government to ensure that the emerging industry is regulated in the Bahamas.

Bahamian aviation attorney, Llewellyn Boyer-Cartwright, a former commercial pilot and now a Callenders & Co partner, and Sky High Media co-founder, Lance Knowles, have been among those calling for the Government to create legislation to regulate the emerging industry.

The proposed regulations speak to airspace designations, certificates and licenses, registration of aircraft, liability insurance, pilot licensing, flight plans, notification of launch and other restrictions.

Comments

GrassRoot 2 years, 5 months ago

who says, this government cant get anything done?

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Socrates 2 years, 5 months ago

One would have thought we had bigger fish to fry . This should not even make the top 100 concerns.. What nuclear sites or sensitive defense facilities we are concerned about? Worried about somebody looking over your fence and seeing your wife in a bikini? Uninsured drivers, delinquent taxpayers, vendors squandering public funds with impunity, and we are concerned about drones.. We need our heads checked...

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