Agencies Responsible for regulating drones in the Republic of Fiji
UAS Laws – General rules for flying drones in Fiji
The Fiji agency responsible for drone safety, CAAF, 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 Fiji?
According to CAAF, drone use is allowed in Fiji, subject to CAAF regulations. Read on for more details.
Here are the most important rules to know for flying a drone in Fiji:
- Drones are not permitted to be operated within three kilometers (two miles) of a domestic airport or five kilometers (three miles) of an international airport or airfield.
- Vertically, do not fly the drone higher than 200 feet.
- Avoid flying drones in a way that could jeopardize the safe operation of aircraft.
- At all times, maintain visual contact with the drone.
- Avoid flying over airports, heliports, fuel depots, private residences, moving vehicles, densely populated areas, or sporting events.
- Operators must not fly Drones over sensitive areas such as hospitals, prisons, government institutions, the House of Parliament, police stations, or military barracks and facilities.
- Without prior permission from the resort’s management, do not operate drones at resorts.
Both recreational and commercial flying require permits from CAAF.
Notes for recreational drone pilots flying for fun in Fiji
Recreational drone users should use the form “OP 137 – Issue of Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) Declaration and Permit for Recreational Use Only” when applying for a permit.
There is no fee required for a recreational drone permit when you apply directly. Several service companies may charge you a fee starting at USD 50 to submit your application on your behalf.
Notes for Commercial Drone Services operations in Fiji
Commercial drone users should use the form “OP138 – Application for Authorisation to Operate Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems in Fiji” when applying for a permit.
Commercial operators using drones greater than 7 kg are subject to additional regulations. In these instances, you must possess a pilot’s license.
Permits for commercial drone use will require payment of an undisclosed fee.
Useful published information on flying drones in Fiji
Here is a sample of what you might expect if you follow the drone laws and fly in Fiji…
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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