Kenyan Parliament ratifies new charging structure to own and operate drones

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The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) has received the go-ahead to implement a new charging structure to own and operate UAS from Parliament. The approval of the Civil Aviation (Regulatory Fees and Charges for UAS) Regulations 2020 paves the way for full implementation of UAS regulatory framework in Kenya, says a KCAA press release.

Under the new cost structure, Kenyans and entities wishing to own and operate UAS will now pay a KD3,000 (USD27.00) registration fee. Individuals or entities that have already imported drones are encouraged to apply to the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority for registration and approval to lawfully engage in safe and secure drone operations of all types.

The Civil Aviation (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) Regulations, 2020 categorises drones based on the risks posed by their operations, from low risks to high risks under categories, A, B and C. The purpose of the UAS, and risk to public safety and security form the basis for consideration by the Authority in registering, issuing of approvals and authorizations for operations.



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