A new directive from the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has cautioned that people who operate drones in Ghana without required certification could end up with a prison term of up to 30 years.
In an interview with on Accra-based radio station, Citi FM, the Director-General of the GCAA, Simon Allotey affirmed that the new directive in how Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) are operated is to ensure safety of all.
“You could be convicted up to a 30-year jail term. Let say an RPAS just takes off without appropriate permit, authorization, and communication traffic control and flies into an aircraft on the approach path, resulting in a crash,” he said.
According to him, the move by the GCAA was an attempt "sanitize" Ghana's airspace to avert loss of lives. He further reassured that the new directive would be strictly enforced by the GCAA. “There are several enforcement actions including withdrawal of permit to fly the drone. You could also be fined depending on the severity of the breach in the regulation. If you are a big operator, the certificate could be revoked,” he cautioned.
The caution follows an earlier announcement by the GCAA over moves to issue new directives on the requirements for the registration and use of drones in Ghana.
The directive among other things is meant to serve as a supplement to the provisions of the Ghana Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 2011, L.I. 2000.