Agencies Responsible for regulating drones in the Co-operative Republic of Guyana
Updated July 14, 2022
UAS Laws – General rules for flying drones in Guyana
The Guyana agency responsible for drone safety, GCAA, 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 Guyana?
According to GCAA, drone use is allowed in Guyana, subject to GCAA regulations. Read on for more details.
Here are the most important rules to know for flying a drone in Guyana.
- You do not need to obtain a permit if your drone weighs less than 7 kilograms (15 pounds), is not used for commercial purposes, and is not equipped with telemetry devices.
- While flying, drone pilots must maintain a direct visual line of sight with their drone.
- Avoid flying at night or in low visibility.
- Keep your drone within a 500-meter (1,640-foot) radius.
- Never fly more than 150 meters (492 feet) above the ground.
- Avoid flying above or within 150 meters (492 feet) of any densely populated area.
- Avoid flying within 100 meters (328 feet) of any objects or structures.
- Do not fly closer than 50 meters (164 feet) to any person who is not involved in the operation of the drone.
- Without prior permission from the owner, do not fly over or near private or public property.
- Without prior permission from the airport or airfield’s Air Traffic Control unit, do not fly within the airport or airfield.
- Drones are not permitted to drop objects that endanger people or property.
- Drones cannot be used to tow anything while in flight.
Permit Requirements for Flying a Drone in Guyana
You do not need to obtain a permit if your drone weighs less than 7 kilograms (15 pounds), is not used for commercial purposes, and is not equipped with telemetry devices. However, if your drone/use case does not meet these criteria, you must submit an application to the GCAA for a permit.
Additionally, your organization must obtain an Aerial Work Operator Certificate if your drone will be used commercially. The application must include details about intended operations, communication procedures, and a maintenance program.
Applying for a Permit
- Submit a formally written letter addressed to the Director General of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority requesting permission to operate. Email your letter to email@example.com;
- Attach the UAV Information Sheet along with a copy of your National Identification Card or the Bio Data Page of your passport (Foreign applicants) with the letter;
- A Drone Security Clearance Check will be conducted for each applicant (a time span of security clearance is a minimum of 29 days)
Notes for recreational drone pilots flying for fun in Guyana
See General Rules above.
Notes for operating Commercial Drone Services in Guyana
Commercial Drone operators require a Permit as outlined in General Rules above.
Additionally, commercial drone operators must apply to the Authority for an Aerial Work Operator Certificate.
You will be required to present for approval, prior to commencing operations, an operations manual, which shall contain policies and procedures for the operations for which the organization intends to use the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, and which shall contain at least the following information;
- a) company organization;
- b) manual distribution and revision procedures;
- c) persons authorized to act on the organization’s behalf;
- d) staff training program;
- e) area of intended operations;
- f) a plan of intended activities;
- g) briefing of pilots and ground crew;
- h) communications procedures;
- i) accident and incident notification;
- j) record-keeping, including aircraft logbook;
- k) a maintenance programme, based on the manufacturer’s instructions for maintaining the aircraft; and
- l) Emergency procedures, including but not limited to, emergency recall, loss of control datalink, or loss of visual contact.
Useful published information on flying drones in Guyana
Here is a sample of what you might expect if you follow the drone laws and fly in Guyana…
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, toy, remote-controlled, and RC aircraft may be covered by the same regulations unless specified.
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