Drone Space, Kenya’s most experienced unmanned Aircraft academy, has today received the Remote Operator’s Certificate (ROC) from the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) for commercial drone operations. This comes shortly after Astral Aviation’s subsidiary Astral Aerial solution received its Roc license this month.
Adding on the recent approval for Drone operations in Kenya by Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia earlier this year, the certification paves way for Drone Space to fully realize the promise of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) technology to deliver innumerable economic and societal benefits in the country.
Founded in 2018, Drone Space provides a range of services, from helping individuals establish a commercial drone operation to providing companies with access to accredited operators. They are licensed by KCAA to offer training to individuals interested in gaining a remote pilot license (RPL).
“This landmark certification is a critical step in the use of drones to provide solutions to everyday challenges,” said Drone Space Chief Executive Officer Tony Mwangi. “Over the last five years, there has been significant demand for potential drone pilots and legal operations.”
ROC basically authorizes an operator to carry out specified drones’ operations but in order to conduct a commercial operation and operate legally, pilots are required to hold a valid Remote Pilot License. Both the drone and pilot will need to operate under the ROC which is issued by the KCAA who regulate drone operations to ensure high level of air safety and competence.
“Flying a drone is legal in Kenya, however, commercial drone operations require a pilot to obtain a Remote Operators Certificate from the Authority,” Tony noted.
In order to be issued with the ROC license, the applicant must demonstrate, among others, that it has its principal place of business and is registered in Kenya; an adequate organization with properly qualified staff; UAS Operator’s Manual, Safety and Quality as well as supervision of flight operations; training programme, ground handling and maintenance arrangements; and obtained Ministry of Defence security clearance for matters related to defence.
You risk a one year jail terem or Ksh100,000 fine for unauthorised drone operations in Kenya .