Agencies Responsible for regulating drones in the Nation of Brunei, the Abode of Peace (Brunei Darussalam)
Updated July 13, 2022
UAS Laws – General rules for flying drones in Brunei
The Brunei agency responsible for drone safety, DCA, has provided several internet-accessible details on flying for fun or work. The highlights are enumerated below. For more details go to the link above to check for recent updates.
Are drones allowed in Brunei?
According to DCA, drone operations are allowed in Brunei, subject to DCA regulations. Read on for more details.
Here are the most important rules to know for flying a drone in Brunei:
All drones must be registered with the DCA. See specific forms in each section below.
Two authorities are needed to clear drone imports; the Authority for Info-Communications Technology Industry (AITI), which regulates the remote controllers used by the pilots, and the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA).
Modifications other than the original technical parts of the UAV device are strictly not allowed.
Operators must keep well clear at a range of 5kms or more away from the airport vicinity (including heliport/ helipad) or Military Airbases and activities shall only be during broad daylight hours.
Owners/ Operators must comply with the terms as stated in the Exemptions and Conditions of Authorisations on aero models/drones or other similar equipment and must be well-conversant of the Rules of the Air Regulations [Section 72 of CAR 2006] and Brunei Airspace Structures.
Any violation of the rules as mentioned above is an offense in accordance with Civil Aviation Order 2006 Part X, General, Offences and Penal Provision, Para 51 (1) the offender shall be guilty of an offense and liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $50,000 or imprisonments for a term not exceeding 5 years or both.
Notes for recreational drone pilots flying for fun in Brunei
Private use operators use the Private Drone Registration Form DCA Form 21
You must attach a Copy of color Identity Card/passport and specification of drone plus AITI certificate
See general rules above.
Notes for operating Commercial Drone Services in Brunei
Commercial operators use the Commercial Drone Registration Form DCA Form 21A
You must attach a copy of the color Identity Card/passport and specification of the drone.
Any commercial use must obtain approval from DCA prior to operations.
No UA/Drones shall be flown into Brunei Airspace for Commercial purposes by a Non-Skilled and Non-CAA certified operator.
See general rules above.
Useful published information on flying drones in Brunei
Here is a sample of what you might expect if you follow the drone laws and fly in Brunei…
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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