Drone Laws in Cape Verde

Agencies Responsible for regulating drones in the Republic of Cabo Verde (Cape Verde)

 Cape Verde Civil Aviation Agency (AAC)


UAS Laws – General rules for flying drones in Cape Verde

The Cape Verde agency responsible for drone safety, AAC, 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.

Are drones allowed in Cape Verde?

According to AAC, drone use is allowed in Cape Verde, subject to AAC regulations. Read on for more details.

Here are the most important rules to know for flying a drone in Cape Verde:

No AAC authorization is required if you meet the following conditions: 

  • Flying outside restricted areas. 
  • You fly no more than 120 meters (400 feet) above the ground.
  • The drone operator is on-site (within 100 meters) and has direct control over the unmanned aircraft.
  • You are flying under normal visibility conditions.

Additional Regulations:

  • The operator is accountable for the drone’s safe operation, including keeping a safe distance from other aircraft and properties. 
  • Drone operations are prohibited within 2,000 meters of any aerodrome or landing site and along crewed aircraft’s flight paths. 
  • Drone operations above 120 meters (393 feet AGL) require the Civil Aviation Agency’s written authorization (AAC). 
  • Give priority to crewed aircraft’s passage; manned aircraft always have the right-of-way. 
  • The operator must always maintain visual contact with the drone and turn on the navigation lights. 
  • Must adhere to the manufacturer’s maintenance protocols. 
  • The operator oversees each drone operation. 
  • If you require authorization from AAC for the drone operation, you must apply. 
  • To do so, download and complete the form (aeronautical easement form). It must be received at AAC at least ten working days in advance of the start of the operation.

Notes for recreational drone pilots flying for fun in Cape Verde

See general rules above.


Notes for operating Commercial Drone Services in Cape Verde

See general rules above.


Useful published information on flying drones in Cape Verde

Here is a sample of what you might expect if you follow the drone laws and fly in Cape Verde…

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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