DIRECTIVE

TO OWNERS AND OPERATORS

OF UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES

AUTHORITY

The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA)  hereby issues this directive under the authority of the Civil Aviation Act of 2018 of Guyana.

APPLICABILITY:

This DIRECTIVE is applicable to Owners and Operators of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (including drones, remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) and any other aircraft that is operated remotely without a human pilot onboard, in Guyana.

VALIDITY:

This DIRECTIVE was first issued by the authority on the 27th February 2017; however it is now revised to meet new and current requirements of the Authority.

DIRECTIVE (GCAA/ASR/DIR/2017-01) is hereby cancelled and is superseded by revised Directive (GCAA/ASR/DIR/2017-01 R1) effective from the 25th day of September 2017 and remains valid until cancellation or revocation by the Director General Guyana Civil Aviation Authority.

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this DIRECTIVE is to give directions to owners and operators of UAVs that are operated in Guyana for both operational and GCAA surveillance purposes.

DEFINITION:

For the purpose of this Directive, the following definitions shall apply:

DIRECTIVE

PART: A

OPERATION OF UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES

  1. No person shall operate an unmanned aerial vehicle in Guyana airspace without having first received written permission form the Civil Aviation Authority, unless such a vehicle is operating in accordance with Paragraph 13.

(a). within an aerodrome traffic zone unless the permission of the Authority and the permission of the applicable Air Traffic Control unit has first been obtained, and the pilot-in-command ensures, upon the granting of such authorization, that the UAV remains clear of the take-off, approach and landing routes and the patterns of traffic formed by manned aircraft operating within the vicinity of said aerodrome traffic zone.

(b). at a height of more than 150 metres above the terrain;

(c). at a distance greater than 500 metres from the point at which he is positioned;

(d). at night in low visibility conditions;

(e). over or near to private or public property without prior permission from the owner.

 (f). in a reckless or unsafe manner; or

(g). over any establishment or zone designated in a Government notice as a prohibited area.

NB: Part C contains a list of the contents of a UAV Operations Manual which must be adopted to satisfy the requirements of Part A, B.

  1. No person shall operate an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle as the Pilot-in-Command of that vehicle, unless that person has in his possession the necessary Permit issued by the Authority pursuant to Paragraph 14.
  1. No person shall, during take-off or landing, operate an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle within 30 metres of any person, other than the Pilot or another person assisting in the operation and under the supervision of the pilot.
  1. No person shall operate an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for commercial operations unless the operator has presented to the Authority proof of possession of the necessary Liability Insurance.
  1. A person operating an unmanned aerial vehicle, weighing seven (7) kg or less, which is considered to be a model aircraft and which is not being used for aerial work or any other commercial activity, and is not carrying any equipment capable of transmitting or receiving any information other than that required to control the vehicle in flight:
  1. A person wishing to operate as the Pilot-in-Command of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, as referred to in Paragraph (1), shall apply to the Authority for a permit to do so and the Authority may grant such a permit after. 

comply with all other restrictions and limitations of these Regulations; and

  1. The Authority may accept a certificate of training from another ICAO member state that has an acceptable framework of Regulations governing UAV operations and the training of pilot operators within the airspace.
  1. Non-conformity with the conditions of a permit, operations outside of the limitations specified in this Directive, or failure to comply with the conditions approved in an operations manual, shall lead to the suspension of the Permit and will be considered a breach of the Guyana Civil Aviation Regulations.
  1. The Pilot-in-command of an unmanned aerial vehicle shall:

PART: B

AERIAL SURVEILLANCE USING

AN UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE

  1. No person shall operate an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, irrespective of the dimensions or maximum weight of that aircraft, for the purposes of obtaining, recording, or transmitting information, whether in the visible spectrum or otherwise, unless the person has obtained written authorization from an Authority to obtain, record, or transmit such information.

Lt. Col. (Rt’d) Egbert Field

Director General                                                                                Date: September 25, 2020

Guyana Civil Aviation Authority

PART: C

CONTENTS OF UAV OPERATIONS MANUEL

PRELIMINARY SECTION

List of effective Pages

Amendment Record

Commitment of Accountable Manager

Contents

PART A – SAFETY AND ORGANZATIONAL LAYOUT 

PART B – AIRCRAFT AND OPERATIONAL CONTROL   

PART C – FLIGHT PLANNING AND PREPARATION (PRE-SITE)

PART D – OPERATING PROCEDURES (ON-SITE)