Drone Flight Permission

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Drone, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), is an aircraft without human pilot which can be controlled either autonomously by onboard computers or by the remote control of a pilot on the ground. As Nepal is one of the himalayan countries, initially drone was used to carry important raw materials where transportation was not facilitate. With the use of drone, Civil Aviation Authority for Nepal (CAAN) was established in 2053 which brought laws to use it in the country. Now, drone is used in military services, rescue operations and for recreational purposes like taking personal photos, and videos. In Nepal, we can use drone inside our home and in our personal garden. However, we need special permission from CAAN to use it, other than our personal properties.

Requirements:

  1. Request letter.
  2. A filled form
  • This request letter should be written to Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal asking for permission to use
  1.  A copy of Operation Specifications of Drone.
  2. A copy of map of operation area.
  3. Copy that shows latlong (latitude/Longitude) box of operation area.
  4. No Objection Recommendation letter of concerned owner/Unit if operation area is over private/ Public place or property.
  • If the operation area is on public property like roads, temples, etc you need to have a no objection letter from Road’s Department and other such departments.
  1. Letter from the concerned authority for security clearance or other clearance.
  • This security clearance is taken from the operation areas’ Police Headquarters

Cost/Time

Cost: You do not need to pay money to get permission to fly drone.

Time Taken: After your all required documents are submitted and are simultaneously accepted by CAAN, you can get the permission from CAAN to fly drone within 3 days.

Process

1. First of all, you should take permission letter from the Municipality of the places that you want to fly drone

2. Second, you need to take recommendation letter from the CDO office. The CDO office will give recommendation letter only after getting the permission letter from the municipality.

3. After showing these two letters to Police Headquarters, the police head quarters of the places that you want to fly your drone will give you security clearance letter to you or even provide security to the areas that you want to fly your drone, if necessary.

4. Then with security clearance letter and all the documents listed above, you should submit the documents to the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal in Drone operation permission department.

Additional Information

Note: Like other government offices of Nepal, CAAN is open from 10 am – 4pm on working days and on Friday from 10 am to 3 pm.

There are limited laws to use drone in Nepal, some of them are listed below:

1. You do not need permission to use drone from CAAN, if the drone is under 2 kg and you are using it under 200m on your personal properties like inside your house, land, and garden.

2. The aircraft must be kept within the visual line of sight (normally taken to be within 500 m horizontally and 400 ft vertically) of its remote pilot (i.e. the „person in charge‟ of it). Operations beyond these distances must be approved by the CAAN (the basic premise being for the operator to prove that he/she can do this safely).

3. Unmanned aircraft shall be permitted to be operated in day VMC conditions only.

4. CAAN permission is required for all flights that are being conducted for aerial work subject to the approval of concerned Authority having jurisdiction over such aerial work.

5. If the operations are to be conducted in a Restricted or Prohibited area, prior approval from the concerned Authority is required before applying for CAAN permission.

6. Airport areas including take-off and approach paths shall be free of all UAV activity at all times regardless of altitude.

7. To use drone in Nepal, you cannot get permission for longer period of time like for a year but can get for short period of time.

For Detailed Drone Rules Issued By CAAN:

Visit : https://www.caanepal.org.np/flight-permission/drone/

Source : Nalibeli.org

Comments

  1. New Rules have been set in 2019.
    The new rules, regulations and license procedure for drones in Nepal are:
    1. Person/Organizations who wants to operate drone should submit application to CAAN (Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal) to get the Unique Identification Number.Accordingly, applicant must include the purpose for using drone. The application can be downloaded from here. This is compulsory for all the drones which will be used in Nepal.

    Time Taken: 1-2 days

    2. If the drone is set to fly above 200 feet above ground level (AGL), the permission need to take from district administration office or MoHA(Ministry of Home Affairs). For this permission, separate hand written application can be submitted along along with Unique Identification number given by CAAN.

    Time taken: 1-2 days

    3. The permission validity is for 3 months. However, after 3 months, once can easily renew for next 3 months by visiting the office where application is submitted.

    Time taken: 1-2 days(Maximum)

    4. Permission is not required for academic/research (university/colleges) purpose having drone weight less than 2 KG within 200 feet around its premises. However, they should inform to the nearest police station earliest.

    5. No permission is required to fly a drone 50 feet AGL for recreational purpose, ceremony, cultural and religious programme.

    6. The air-route and the area of 5 kilometers around the airport and horizontal distance up to five kilometers on the international border have been designated as prohibited zone for drone flight.

    7. Flying drone is prohibited in Maitighar Mandala, Swoyambhunath, Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath, Budhanilkantha, Durbar Square areas (Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan), religious and archaeological areas, Singha Durbar area, within their aerial radius distance and residence of the president, vice-president and prime minister.

    8. Flying drones is restricted around 1,000 meters of the office of Nepali Army, Nepal Police, Armed Police and 500 meters of other security agencies like embassy, CIB (Central Investigation Bureau),etc.

    9. No one will be allowed to use drones to cause disturbance to the peace, security and privacy of persons. Security agencies have been authorized to confiscate UAVs flown in prohibited areas and take action against their operators.

    10. The HoFA can assign personal to check if operators comply the rules. If not, necessary punitive actions can be taken in the same time according to laws of Nepal.

    There is not any fee that need to be paid for drone operation but during application process, government may charge certain fee as application.
    Source: https://www.telecomkhabar.com/drone-laws-rules-regulations-license-nepal/

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