Drone Laws in The Gambia

Agencies Responsible for regulating drones in the Republic of the Gambia

Gambia Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)

The Gambia Civil Aviation Regulations


UAS Laws – General rules for flying drones in The Gambia

The Gambian agency responsible for drone safety, CAA, 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 the Gambia?

According to CAA, drone use is allowed in the Gambia, subject to CAA regulations. Read on for more details.

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

Aviation Regulations Part 8: Operations Section 137

137. Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) 

  • A person shall not operate an RPA in a manner that would cause a hazard to persons, property, or other aircraft. 
  • A person operating an RPA shall comply with the general operating rules as listed below–
    • a person operating an RPA, registered in The Gambia or holding an operator certificate from The Gambia, and its RPAS shall not – 
      • operate in The Gambia without the appropriate authorization from the Authority, 
      • engage in international air navigation without the appropriate authorization from the State from which the take-off of the RPA is made, or 
      • operate across the territory of another State, without special authorization issued by each State in which the flight is to operate, which shall be obtained before take-off if there is a reasonable expectation when planning the operations, that the aircraft may enter the airspace concerned, 
      • shall not operate over the high seas without prior coordination with the appropriate ATS Authority, which shall be obtained before take-off if there is a reasonable expectation, when planning the operations, that the aircraft may enter the airspace concerned, 
      • shall operate per conditions specified by the State of Registry, and the State of the Operator if different and the State(s) in which the flight is to operate, 
      • shall ensure that the RPAS meets the performance and  equipment carriage requirements for the specific airspace in which the flight is to operate; 
    • once authorization has been received by the Authority, the operator”- 
      • shall file a flight plan before operation of an RPA, 
      • shall notify the Authority and ATC immediately in the event of a flight cancellation, and 
      • shall, in the case of changes to the proposed flight, submit such changes to the Authority for consideration. 
  • A person shall not operate an RPA, registered in The Gambia or holding an operator certificate from The Gambia unless the RPA, RPAS, and the remote pilot has obtained the proper approvals of the Authority, as listed below- 
    • an RPAS shall be approved, taking into account the interdependencies of the components, per Part 5, including- 
      • a certificate of airworthiness for the RPA, and 
      • the associated RPAS components specified in the type design certificate and maintained following national regulations; 
    • an operator shall have an RPAS operator certificate issued following national regulations; and 
    • remote pilots shall be licensed or have their licenses rendered valid per Part 2
  • Concerning the request for authorization-
    • the request for authorization referred to in paragraph (b) above shall be made by providing the required information in the application form contained in Schedule 8.6; and 
    • a request for authorization to operate an RPA in The Gambia shall be made by following the requirements in Part 10 and providing the required information in the application form contained in the Schedules of Part 10. 

Additional Notes for Foreign Operators

Part 10 COMMERCIAL AIR TRANSPORT BY FOREIGN AIR OPERATORS

Chapter 7 Approval to operate Remotely piloted aircraft in the Gambia

Requirements for Application by Foreign Persons or Operators for Approval to Operate Remotely Piloted Aircraft into The Gambia

  1. A foreign operator shall not operate an RPA in The Gambia unless it is so authorized by the Authority and holds the associated approvals, conditions, and limitations issued to it by the Authority.
  2. When a foreign operator wishes to apply to operate RPA in The Gambia, it shall-
    • make such application to the Authority in the form and manner prescribed; and
    • make such application in a form and manner prescribed by the Authority.
  3. An application for approval to operate into The Gambia shall be accompanied by a copy of the following, in English translation if the original documents are not in the English language, for each RPA proposed to be operated in The Gambia-
    • certified true copy of a valid RPA operator certificate;
    • certificate of aircraft registration;
    • certificate of airworthiness;
    • remote pilot(s) licence and medical certificate(s);
    • aircraft radio station license, if applicable;
    • insurance certificate;
    • noise certificate issued in accordance with ICAO Annex 16 aircraft operator security programme; and
    • any other document the Authority considers necessary to ensure that the intended operations will be conducted safely.
  4. An applicant under these Regulations shall apply for the initial issue of a foreign RPA approval at least 90 days before the date of commencement of the proposed operation.
  5. Once authorization has been granted by the Authority, the operator shall –
    • file a flight plan before operation of an RPA;
    • follow the operational rules for RPA in Part 8;
    • notify the Authority and ATC immediately in the event of a flight cancellation, and
    • in the case of changes to the proposed flight, submit such changes to the Authority for consideration.

Notes for recreational drone pilots flying for fun in the Gambia

See general rules above.


Notes for Commercial Drone Services operations in the Gambia

See general rules above.


Useful published information on flying drones in the Gambia

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

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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