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Want to operate drone in Kenya? Here’s what you need to know

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Anyone can now operate a drone in Kenya after the country approved regulations for drones in February this year. The equipment use had been banned for two years.

It become the second country in the region to approve drone regulations after Rwanda. In Kenya the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) has been used strictly by the military only.

Drones in Kenya are emerging to be very vital equipment especially in sectors such construction and agriculture as well as in emergency service provision.

Here are the laws and regulation for anyone intending to operate a drone in Kenya:

Step1: To start with, you must first receive approval to operate your drone from the Ministry of Defence.

Step2:apply to the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority(KCAA) and receive approval to fly your drone

Laws of operating a drone in Kenya

After getting a nod from  KCAA and the Ministry of Defence to operate a drone in Kenya, it is imperative that you adhere to the following Laws.

  1. Do not fly your drone over people or crowds of people
  2. Respect other peoples privacy when flying your drone
  3. Do not fly your drone near military installations, power plants, or any other area that could cause concern among local authorities
  4. Do not fly your drone near airports or in areas were aircraft are operating
  5. You must fly during daylight hours and only fly in good weather conditions

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