Kenya Aviation Authority Sets Date for Drones Regulations Public Participation


DroneThe aviation world has grown significantly. The latest addition to its wide range of devices and services is the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) that have been key to offering new and exciting opportunities for people such as content creators and enthusiasts who use them for leisure purposes, among other applications.

It is worth noting that such aircraft devices come in a variety of types, shapes, and sizes, ranging from tiny handheld devices to large flying machines. The systems can also be referred to as drones (the popular name), unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or model aircraft. Regardless of the name used, drones have a common feature: the person piloting them is not onboard but on the ground.

And similar to conventional aircraft, drones must adhere to safety regulations so that they do not harm people or destroy property. To this end, the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) drafted a Civil Aviation UAS Regulations to enable the full and safe integration of drone operations in the country.

A couple of weeks ago, KCAA announced the staging of a participation forum for public comments, views, and feedback on the proposed drone regulations.

The forum’s date has however been changed from May 17, 2019 to May 21 at Sarova Panafric from 8 AM.

In the meantime, written comments, memoranda, views and feedback from stakeholders and the public on the Draft Civil Aviation UAS Regulations can be submitted to the KCAA postal address or emailed to [email protected] before May 17.

Interested parties that need to examine the detailed and revised draft can get access to the piece from the KCAA website.