OECS drafts law to regulate drones

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OECS drafts law to regulate drones

Unread post by bimjim » Fri Apr 15, 2016

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OECS drafts law to regulate drones
Elesha George
April 15, 2016

Antigua & Barbuda is one of six OECS countries currently drafting Air Traffic Control (ATC) legislation for the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV).

This is according to Director General of the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCA) Donald McPhail, who told OBSERVER media that these regulations will control not just the use, but the importation of drones to ensure that they’re operated in a safe and secure manner.

“We’ve been collaborating with a number of Caribbean states with respect to the control of the operation of drones, and we are all in the process of drafting legislation. When we draft the legislation, they will be presented to the OECS Assembly for approval and then they will be distributed to the OECS member states for promulgation,” McPhail explained.

The Caribbean has documented unprecedented importation of drones, as they are commonly known, for recreational use, but now governments are faced with the problem of regulating the air vehicles using relevant legislation.

To this end, ECCA has sought to assist countries in drafting procedures that would govern the safe use of UAVs

Since the beginning of 2015, ECCA has issued guidelines to be followed by states as recommendation.

McPhail said while the Authority is the sole regulator of normal aircraft, individual states must take responsibility for the use of drones in their airspace.

The director general noted the job of ECCA is to develop the procedures for the OECS, which would eventually form the basis for the regulations and be replaced by the legislation once the regulations take effect.

In the case of Antigua & Barbuda, the Ministry of Public Utilities, Civil Aviation and Transportation is responsible for ensuring that regulations are followed.

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