The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) will charge Kenyans and entities wishing to own and operate drones a Ksh3,000 registration fee.
This is after the authority received a thumbs up to execute the Civil Aviation (Regulatory Fees and Charges for Unmanned Aircraft Systems) Regulations, 2020, which was passed by the National Assembly on March 6, 2021.
According to KCAA director-general Gilbert Kibe, innovation and technology have come with a lot of change but that shouldn’t mean they will be unregulated.
“Innovation in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) has been accelerating at such an exponential rate. The capabilities of this technology are limitless – from the positives such as filming movies, documentaries, sports, weddings and delivering medicines,” he said.
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The Authority has also asked those who have already imported drones to register and seek the necessary approval to lawfully engage in safe and secure options. The new regulation categorizes Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) according to risk poised by their operation.
There are three risk categories namely A, B, and C.
While registering, authorising, and approving drone operations, KCAA will consider the purpose of the UAS, risk to public safety and security.