The Director of Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA), General Gilbert Kibe stated the drones laws in kenya. He stated, drones (unamed aircraft systems) can be used for recreational and private use only and they must be registered before they operate it.
He furthered explained that who ever has imported the drone or bought it locally before the laws got introduced then they should apply to the authority within six months.
“A person commits an offense if they own, operate, import, manufacture, assemble or test an RPAS without authorization from KCAA. Any Person who wishes to import, own or operate an RPAS in Kenya shall apply to the Authority in the prescribed form and pay the requisite fee for due processing,” he stated in Capital News.
The General repeated several times that it will be an offense to own, operate, import, assemble or test a drone without authorization from KCAA.
“The regulations do not apply to State aircraft, unmanned free balloons or airships and operations of toys,” he said.
Other countries in Africa like Rwanda have permitted commercial use of drones while Kenya only permits the use of drones for recreational and private use.
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Under the regulations, drones are limited at a height of not more than 400 feet above ground level to avoid collision with aircrafts and distanced 50 meters away from any person, vehicle or structure.
How to Get a Drone Permit for Importing & Operating a Drone in Kenya
UAS characteristics (type of aircraft, maximum certificated take-off mass, number of engines and wing span);
(c) copy of certificate of registration;
(d) aircraft identification to be used in radio telephony, if applicable;
(e) copy of the certificate of airworthiness if applicable;
(f) copy of the UAS operator certificate if applicable;
(g) copy of the Remote pilot(s) licence if applicable;
(h) copy of the aircraft radio station licence, if applicable;
(i) description of the intended operation, to include type of operation or purpose), flight rules, visual line-ofsight (VLOS) operation if applicable, date of intended flight(s), point of departure, destination, cruising speed(s), cruising level(s), route to be followed, duration or frequency of flight; take-off and landing requirements.