The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has banned the launching of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) in the Nigerian airspace without the permit of the authority and the Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA).
This is contained in a statement issued by the General Manager, Public Relations, NCAA,Mr Sam Adurogboye, which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lagos.
The statement said the move was part of the safety guidelines issued by the NCAA to drone operators following the proliferation of the technology in the country.
“In recent times, RPA/UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) are being deployed for commercial and recreational purposes in the country without adequate security clearance.
“Therefore with the preponderance of these operations, particularly in a non-segregated airspace, there has to be proactive safety guidelines.
“The development of the use of RPA nationwide has emerged with somewhat predictable safety concerns and security threats.”
According to the statement, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) is yet to publish Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) as far as certification and operation of civil use of RPA is concerned.
The statement said the NCAA had therefore put in place Regulations/Advisory Circular to guide the certification and operations of civil RPA in the Nigerian airspace.
It said this was contained in the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs 2015 Part 22.214.171.124) and the Implementing Standards (Nig.CARs 2015 Part IS.126.96.36.199).