The Ghana Civil aviation has outlined its directives on the use of drone in Ghana. The directives restricts current users of “drone” – RPA as indexed bellow. The question being asked by photographers and media men is if this directive is another way to extract monies from the ordinary Ghanaian. Click on the link below to read the full draft directives.
GHANA CIVIL AVIATION DIRECTIVES ON THE USE OF DRONES
1.1.7 No person shall control more than one RPA with an RPS at any given time
unless otherwise authorised by the Authority.
1.1.8 No person shall operate an RPAS for commercial purposes unless the person
holds an RPAS Operating Certificate (ROC) issued by the Authority
1.1.9 Certification of RPAS Operators shall be done in accordance with Part 5 of the
GCARs and or GCADs.
1.1.13 RPAS shall not be operated at night without prior authorisation by the
1.1.15 Operators shall comply with the appropriate noise control, emissions and
1.1.14 No person shall import, operate or provide maintenance services for an RPAS
without the written approval of the Authority.
1.1.16 Recreational RPAS operators are limited to Visual Line of Sight operations.
Nothing the Directive applies to the operation of:
a) a manned balloon or a hot air balloon; or
b) a control-line aircraft (that is, a model aircraft that is constrained to fly in a circle, and is controlled in attitude and altitude, by means of inextensible wires attached to a handle held by the person operating the model); or
c) an aircraft indoors; or
d) an unmanned airship indoors; or
e) a small balloon within 100 metres of a structure and not above the top of the structure; or
f) an unmanned tethered balloon that remains below 400 feet above ground level.
1.2.4 For paragraphs (c) and (d), a flight does not take place indoors if the building
in which it takes place has the roof, or one or more walls, removed.
5. ISSUANCE OF PERMIT
5.1 No person shall fly an RPAS without a permit issued by the Authority.
5.2 The Authority shall issue a permit in respect of an RPAS for operation. Such a permit shall enable the operator to fly the specified RPAS within the Republic of Ghana subject to the conditions given therein.
5.3 The permit shall be renewed by the Authority on an annual basis from the date of issuance.
5.4 The permit may be surrendered, suspended, revised or revoked in accordance with the provisions of the GCARs and or GCADs.
5.5 Non-conformity with the conditions of the permit or operations outside the imitations of the RPAS as described in the RPAS Operating Manual for the specific RPAS shall lead to suspension of the validity of the permit.
7. LICENSING AND COMPETENCIES
7.1 RPAS pilots shall have the same basic responsibilities as pilots of manned aircraft for the operation of the RPAS in accordance with the rules of the air, laws, regulations and procedures of Ghana.
7.2 An applicant for a remote pilot licence shall not be less than 18 years of age.
7.3 The Authority shall review the competencies of RPAS pilots to ensure that their knowledge, skills and attitude are appropriate for RPAS operations.
7.4 No person shall act as an RPAS Pilot unless he or she holds a current Medical Class III Certificate in accordance with Part 8 of the GCARs and or GCADs.
7.5 The period of validity of a Class III Medical Certificate shall be from the date of the medical examination for a period not greater than 48 months, reduced to 24 months when the licence holder has passed his/her 40th birthday.
Obligation for Personnel to Carry Documents
7.6.1 No remote pilot shall operate an RPAS unless he/she has in his/her possession a valid Remote Pilot Licence approved by the Authority.
7.6.2 No person shall act as an RPA observer without having in his/ her possession proof of RPA observer competency issued by a training organization approved by the Authority.
7.9.4 An RPAS piloting licence shall be valid for a period of five (5) years, renewable
every year upon proof of a valid medical certificate.