The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has issued a public advisory on the operation of drones within Guyana’s airspace. The guidelines contained in the advisory is intended to ensure the safe operation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).
The advisory addresses drone operations for both recreational and professional use. Drone flights are not allowed in Prohibited or Restricted areas.
The following applies to recreational drone flights:
- Do not fly at a height exceeding 400ft,
- Do not fly beyond a range of 1600ft from the person controlling the device.
- Do not operate over an open air assembly of people,
- With the exception of the person in control, do not fly over or within 150ft of any other person,
- Do not operate over or near a private or public property without prior permission from the owner,
- Do not operate within 5 miles of any airport or helipad,
- Do not operate at nights or in low visibility conditions,
- Do not drop or tow any object during flight,
- Keep the aircraft within visual line of sight at all times,
- Fly clear of obstructions,
- Do not fly with a first person view device,
- Do not operate in a reckless and unsafe manner to endanger persons and/or property.
Professional drone operations which include aerial photography, surveillance, geometric surveys, power line inspections, crop observations and research and development must apply for and obtain permission from GCAA prior to these operations.
The proliferation of drones is a major concern for aviation officials worldwide as close calls with commercial aircraft are being reported more frequently.