Regulations being developed for operation of drones in Jamaica

The Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) is stepping up its enforcement drive surrounding the operation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, popularly known as drones.

Nari Williams-Singh, head of the JCAA, says the agency has been conducting sensitisation about the guidelines governing the use of drones, especially during the Christmas period.

Mr. Williams-Singh on Sunday told RJR News that his agency is working with the Ministry of National Security and the Ministry of Transport to formulate regulations for the operation of drones.

“We do have some draft regulations that are going through the review process before they can be promulgated,” he explained, adding that these regulations should be in place during the first quarter of 2018

In the interim, he said, the JCAA is seeking compliance with the safe use of drones.

It was particularly important to sensitise the public during the Christmas season he said, in view of the fact that there’s “a proliferation of them being purchased as gifts and also being utilised."

The CAA enjoys a good relationship with a number of commercial users of  drones, and these operators are issued with permits each time they use their equipment for commercial purposes, he revealed.

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