NCAA TO SANCTION ILLEGAL DRONE OPERATORS FOR AIRSPACE VIOLATION

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The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has warned against the proliferation of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), otherwise called drones, in the airspace. The NCAA said the use of drones without approval/ permit in the Nigerian airspace constitutes a threat to safety, It, however, issued safety guidelines on use of the equipment without permission.

Spokesman for NCAA, Sam Adurogboye, in a statement yesterday, said RPA/UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) are being deployed for commercial and recreational purposes in the country without adequate security clearance. He noted that with the preponderance of these operations, particularly in a non– segregated airspace, there has to be proactive safety guidelines.

“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. He noted that the NCAA put in place Regulations/Advisory Circular to guide the certification and operations of civil RPA in the airspace.

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