Your legal responsibilities and the regulations for flying small unmanned aircraft.
Recreational users of small unmanned aircraft, sometimes called UAVs or drones, are advised by The Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority (BCAA) to pay more attention to safety issues. Now readily available from retailers, small unmanned aircraft, particularly the multi-rotar’ quadcopter’ types, are expected to be popular gifts this year.
People flying these unmanned aircraft should understand that they are subject to aviation rules and should not treat the devices as harmless gadgets or toys. Drones should not be flown over congested areas, or within 50m of people or buildings. The rules are in place to protect members of the public from injury, and protect property from damage. Although only relatively small in size, they also pose a significant collision risk to other aircraft if they are not flown sensibly. Anyone breaching the rules can be penalized.
BCAA stresses that users must take personal responsibility when flying unmanned aircraft and abide by the rules.
Do you or your organisation need an Aerial Work Permission? Find out here.
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR EACH FLIGHT
You are legally responsible for the conduct of each flight. Take time to understand the rules - failure to comply could lead to a criminal prosecution.
BEFORE EACH FLIGHT, CHECK DRONE FOR DAMAGE
Before each flight check that your unmanned aircraft is not damaged, and all components are working in accordance with the Supplier's User Manual.
DRONE IS IN SIGHT AT ALL TIMES
You must keep the unmanned aircraft within your sight at all times and never fly above 400 feet.
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR AVOIDING COLLISIONS
You are responsible for avoiding collisions with other people or objects - including aircraft.
RESPECT OTHER PEOPLE'S PROPERTY
You may only fly your unmanned aircraft over your own property or property for which you have been given permission by the owner.
DO NOT FLY OVER CONGESTED AREAS
It is illegal to fly your unmanned aircraft over a congested area (streets, towns and cities). Also, stay well clear of airports and airfields.
KEEP YOUR DISTANCE
Don't fly your unmanned aircraft within 50m (165 feet) of a person, vehicle, building or structure, or overhead groups of people at any height.
CONSIDER RIGHTS OF PRIVACY
Think about what you do with any images you obtain as you may breach privacy laws.
PERMISSIONS TO USE DRONES FOR PAID WORK
If you intend to use an unmanned aircraft for any kind of commercial activity, you must get an Aerial Work Permission from BCAA, or you could face prosecution.
PERMISSION TO FLY OVER GOVERNMENT LAND
Contact Department of Parks for further information. (441) 236 5902