GUIDELINES FOR THE USE OF DRONES IN SAINT LUCIA
The Department of Economic Development, Transport and Civil Aviation has received disturbing reports regarding two separate sightings this week of an unmanned aircraft (UA), more commonly known as a “drone”, being flown within the final approach path of the George F. L. Charles Airport in Vigie.
The General Public is being asked to observe the following guidelines:
1. Drones should not be flown:
a. within a radius of 2.5 miles of any airport or helicopter landing site;
b. at a height greater than 400 feet above ground level;
c. closer than 100 feet to vehicles, boats, buildings that are not on the operator’s private property unless with explicit permission from the private property owner;
d. near moving vehicles, highways, bridges, busy streets or anywhere that could endanger or distract drivers;
e. in populated areas or large groups of people, including other people’s backyards, sports events, concerts, stadiums, beaches and festivals;
f. near restricted or protected areas, including prisons and or similar institutions and forest; 2. In addition:
a. drones should only be operated during the day and in good weather; and
b. drone users should keep their drone within visual-line-of-sight (VLOS) at all times.
Persons using drones for recreational purposes are further cautioned to, as far as practicable, confine use of the drone to their backyards. They should also familiarise themselves with the manufacturer’s instructions and safety guide in order to avoid accidents and injury.
The public is being urged to report any suspected misuse of drones to the nearest police station, airport control tower or Civil Aviation Division.
Those wishing to use drones for commercial purposes, including aerial photography, should apply to the Department of Economic Development, Transport and Civil Aviation.
More information on this topic can be obtained by contacting the Civil Aviation Division at 468-2180 (Ext. 4585).