Kenyans can now fly drones after the government legalized their use in the country. The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) today said the remote-piloted aircraft will be operated within guidelines to be approved by Parliament.
The Director-General of Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, Gilbert Kibe, has said that users will be charged registration and license fees, which will vary between $600 and $2,300 depending on what the drones will be used for. From sports, private surveillance and commercial purposes
The guidelines also set out penalties for violators. For many drone owners, this comes as a relief, as well as those whose equipment was confiscated. The KCAA said it has given a six-month period for registration with the authority before use. While this may be a good news, it doesn’t come cheap for many.
As a part of the requirement to obtain a license, “An applicant must demonstrate general knowledge, flight performance, and navigation skills to be allowed to acquire a drone,” Mr. Kibe told journalists in Nairobi.