July 19, 2017

Packing your Drone?

Even on vacation, hardly anyone takes a break from technology. And why should they? Gone are the days when technology only meant the office computer or facsimile machine. Now, technology enhances our everyday communications, offers quick access to vital information, and even provides recreational activities we would not have dreamed of even 10 years ago. Namely, the drone.

A drone – not the insect kind – is an unmanned aerial vehicle or UAV. Like motorized model airplanes, cars and boats they get around by remote control.
They are often equipped with cameras for catching views as far as the eye can see, and can even provide live video feeds. Because they can fly so high and so many people have been enjoying them, regulations have been put into place to ensure that they do not interfere with aircraft.

It is up to the drone owner to fully research the governing regulations to be in full compliance with local laws by registering all qualified drones in advance.

For the United States Virgin Islands

The Federal Aviation Administration has modified the rules to allow for certain types of drones:

Owners of model aircraft which are operated in compliance with section 336 are not required to register. Owners of all other small unmanned aircraft, including newly-purchased unmanned aircraft not operated exclusively in compliance with section 336, remain subject to the registration requirement. The FAA continues to encourage voluntary registration for all owners of small unmanned aircraft. Read more at FAA.gov

For the British Virgin Islands

Air Safety Support International administers registrations for those who wish to fly drones:

The requirements for the use of Small Unmanned Aircraft (SUA) in the UK Overseas Territories are laid down in the Air Navigation (Overseas Territories) Order. The main rules for their use are laid down in Article 73, however, Article 191 highlights the other Articles that also apply to the use of small unmanned aircraft. Read more at AirSafety.aero

For St. Martin​

The Department of Civil Aviation, Shipping and Maritime Affairs regulates the use of drones:

Persons intending to operate remote piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) or drones in Sint Maarten, particularly in the area near Simpson Bay are prohibited to do so without the express authorization from the Department of Civil Aviation, Shipping and Maritime Affairs. Operations that fall under the category of aerial work are aerial photography, aerial mapping, turtle or fish spotting just to name a few. Any individual that wishes to conduct these activities in Sint Maarten must submit a request to the Department of Civil Aviation, Shipping & Maritime Affairs where it will be reviewed and a time and day will be provided when the operation can take place, if approved. Official release