By RASHAD ROLLE
Tribune Staff Reporter
MINISTER of Transport and Aviation Glenys Hanna Martin announced yesterday that the Department of Civil Aviation and the Ministry of Transport now require that all drones be registered as the government prepares to bring a bill regulating the use of the aircraft in the country.
Those who register their drone will receive a registration certificate with “fundamental basic safety operating requirements.”
The registration period will come into effect on February 1, 2016, and all such aircraft must be registered by the end of that month.
She said in order to import an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) into the country, the owner will have to present a certificate of registration from the Department of Civil Aviation to the Department of Customs before the agency will release the imported device to the owner.
“The set of safety requirements on the certificate of registration will include rules as to the height and distance for UAV to fly within proximity of airports or persons among other things,” she said.
“The mandatory certification process previously mentioned will take effect February 1 to February 29, 2016, for all owners of UAVs in The Bahamas.
“This includes current owners and those wishing to import a UAV in The Bahamas whether for commercial or recreational use.
“The terms of that certification will be published over the next several days. Failure to register may result in the UAVs being confiscated by the Department of Civil Aviation. For the time being, UAVs being imported in the Bahamas will be processed through the Department of Customs conditionally and subject to registration on February 1 as previously stated.”