Unregulated use of drones or unmanned aircraft by the public

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An increasing number of activities using unmanned aircraft or drones has been sighted within the flight path of the Seychelles International Airport, and its vicinities especially during weekends and public holidays.

An increasing number of activities using unmanned aircraft or drones has been sighted within the flight path of the Seychelles International Airport, and its vicinities especially during weekends and public holidays.

This situation is alarming, now that most sightings are within the flight path leading to the airport, around Eden Island, Ile au Cerf, and other harbor areas.

The reckless or negligent use of drones in restricted or controlled airspace around Mahe, Praslin and La Digue, without the necessary approval of the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA) is considered a serious breach of aviation safety and security which can endanger an aircraft or helicopter and its occupants.

Mr. David Labrosse, the General Manager for Safety and Security Regulations at SCAA says that the uses of drones are regulated by Civil Aviation Safety regulations 25 “Regulations 25 of the Civil Aviation (Safety) Regulations, 2017 (Endangering safety of an aircraft) states that; A person shall not recklessly or negligently act in a manner likely to cause danger to an aircraft or any person in an aircraft. This regulation is enforceable under the laws of Seychelles. We are currently working closely with the police to ensure that there is enforcement to the law, as safety remains our priority, and the onus is on us to protect the public travelling by air so that they arrive safely to their destinations’

SCAA is therefore making an appeal to the public to be conversant with the guidelines, as a means of preventing the misuse of drones, whilst ensuring a high level of safety and security to the travelling public.

The guidance and procedures for using a drone or unmanned aircraft is published on the SCAA website: https://www.scaa.sc.

Any queries can be directed to SCAA using the following contact details:

Tel: 4384271

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SCAA remains fully committed to ensuring the safe and secure operation of all aircraft within the Seychelles airspace.

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