Following the growing requests for the use of Remotely Pilot Aircraft (RPA) leading to its proliferation in Nigeria, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), said it has put in place Regulations/Advisory Circular to guide the certification and operations of civil RPA in the Nigerian airspace.
This, according to Sam Adurogboye, NCAA spokesman, is contained in the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs 2015 Part 220.127.116.11) and Implementing Standards (Nig.CARs 2015 Part IS.18.104.22.168).
The NCAA said with this regulations therefore, no government agency, organisation or an individual will launch an RPA/UAV in the Nigerian airspace for any purpose whatsoever without obtaining requisite approvals/permit from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and Office of National Security Adviser (NSA).
“The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) wishes to reiterate that all applicants and holders of permits to operate RPA/Drones must strictly be guided by safety guidelines. In addition, operators must ensure strict compliance with the conditions stipulated in their permits and the requirements of the Nig.CARs.
” Violators shall be sanctioned according to the dictates of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulation accordingly”, Adurgboye said in the statement.
He added tha in recent times, RPA/UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) are being deployed for commercial and recreational purposes in the country without adequate security clearance.
“Therefore with the preponderance of these operations particularly in a non – segregated airspace, there has to be proactive safety guidelines.
“The development of the use of RPA nationwide has emerged with somewhat predictable safety concerns and security threats. The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) is yet to publish Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs), as far as certification and operation of civil use of RPA is concerned”, he added.