GACA issues thousands of drone permits

GACA issues thousands of drone permits

GACA (The General Authority of Civil Aviation) issued thousands of permits for drones in the commercial and entertainment categories; a senior official has said.

GACA spokesman Ibrahim Al-Rusaa stated that a comprehensive update of the executive regulations governing a mechanism for operation and registration of drones will soon be issued.

Al-Rusaa warned that punitive measures will apply to violators of the rules and regulations regarding the use of drones. “Penalties for the violations include imprisonment for a period not exceeding one year or a fine not exceeding SR100,000 or both,” he said while identifying 11 major violations. These include failure of the operator to comply with the registration and operation instructions; including operation of drones without a license or permit.

Al-Rusaa also said that the authority is currently working, in cooperation with the concerned agencies. This is to find an appropriate mechanism to regulate import and local sale of drones in the Kingdom. “Drones are currently used in the Kingdom in recreational activities and commercial purposes; such as surveying, aerial photography, industrial and agricultural inspection, and the like,” he added.