Agencies Responsible for regulating drones in Aruba
UAS Laws – General rules for flying drones in Aruba
The Aruban agency responsible for drone safety, DCAA, has provided a number of internet-accessible details on flying for fun or for work. The highlights are enumerated below. For more details go to the link above.
Are drones allowed in Aruba?
According to DCAA, drones are allowed in Aruba for recreational and commercial use, subject to DCAA regulations. Read on for details.
Here are the most important rules to know for flying a drone in Aruba:
Drones cannot fly higher than 200 feet unless permission has been granted to the operator from the DCAA.
- The drone operator must maintain a visual line of sight (VLOS) when operating a drone.
- When utilizing the “First Person View (FPV) technology, a second person shall act as an observer.
- Never operate in Prohibited or Restricted Areas, especially near the airport (not within 4 kilometers).
- Never operate in the vicinity of aircraft, over groups (accumulation) of people, stadiums, or sports events.
- Never operate near emergency response efforts such as fires, accidents, etc.
- Never operate under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Never operate your drone in such a way that could endanger people or property.
- Never operate your drone in rainy or stormy weather or extremely low visibility.
- Never operate your drone at night.
- Never fly over private property and/or breaches protected by privacy laws.
- Only drones operating in the frequencies 2.4 and 5.8 GHz are permitted to operate in Aruba.
- The drone operator (or company) is legally responsible for the safe conduct of each flight and is strongly encouraged to acquire insurance.
Permission is required from the DCAA for all drone flights. To receive such permission, the following information must be submitted to the DCAA at least one working day before the date of the activity:
- The name of the person or company on which the permission will be issued;
- The type of drone that is going to be operated;
- The purpose (or intention) of the requested drone operating permit;
- The maximum height that you will operate the drone;
- The name of the drone operator;
- A local mobile telephone number (an international number will not be accepted) where the operator can be reached during the operations by the Control Tower;
- The drone operation site;
- The date, time, and duration of the drone operation
Notes for recreational drone pilots flying for fun in Aruba
See the general rules above.
Notes for Commercial Drone Services operations in Aruba
See the general rule above.
Useful published information on flying drones in Aruba
Here is a sample of what you might expect if you follow the drone laws and fly in Aruba…
NOTE: Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (SUAS), Small UAS, Remote Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS), unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), and drone are interchangeable terms unless specified. Model aircraft, toy aircraft, Remote controlled aircraft, and RC aircraft may be covered by the same regulations unless specified.
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