About six months ago, the Nigerian government passed a new drone regulation law in the country. The new regulation requires that anyone who wants to fly a drone in Nigeria from now on is required to get a permit from the Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA) and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
While the regulation creates problems for entrepreneurs and creatives, I pointed out then that in a country where security is a big issue, the concern of government resulting in regulation isn’t entirely out of place. Beyond security is also the issue of safety.
Drone Regulation Around The World
Regulating the use of drones is not just a Nigerian thing. It is happening elsewhere as well. In Sweden, the government says drones with cameras mounted are to be treated like surveillance camera and need to be registered before they can be flown. In Trinidad & Tobago, the use of drones is regulated as well.
In the United States of America, drone regulation which took effect in August 2016 states that drones have to remain in visual line of sight of the pilot, cannot be flown higher than 121 metres above ground level, and the pilot must have a “remote pilot airman certificate” issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Canada has a more relaxed approach to use of drones and says it is okay to fly drones weighing less than 35 kg for personal, fun use, in as much as it poses no threat to manned aircraft and other people.
The government of India stipulates that civil operation of drones require approval from the Air Navigation Service provider, defence, Ministry of Home Affairs, and other concerned security agencies, alongside the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
Enforcement Is The Difficult Part
As has been seen above, regulation differs from country to country. Some are more stringent than others, after all conditions vary from one nation to another. Some drone regulations certainly need to be reviewed to make them less oppressive. But whatever the extents of the rules and policies, it seems that everyone is agreed that enforcement is going to be the tricky part.