According to our records, last year Namibia was positioned as one of the favorite destinations for tourists all-around of the world, and one of the most requested in terms of drone permits.
The desert of Namibia, its oceans of red dunes, the wildlife parade in the Etosha National Park and the ethnic wealth of its inhabitants are just some of its main attractions attracted by all drone operators.
In addition to the bureaucratic process to carry out, the civil aviation authority insists that interested travelers plan their flight sites in advance and be aware of the rules on the use of an RPA.
How can I fly my drone in a recreational way?
1. Make sure you have enough time to apply for a permit. There are no exceptions, we need 4 weeks at least to send your validated information to the authorities. Payment is made once we validate the information and the cost for a recreational permit is $49.99 USD.
Validation time depends on how quick the customer provides the right and complete information to us.
2. Make sure you have insurance for the drone. The copy of the insurance needs to be translated into English. No other languages are allowed. This requirement is a must to apply for a permit.
Currently, we don’t provide this service. For insurance, you can contact www.aon.com.
3. Take in count that there is a fee of $102.00 US- $83 EUR that every drone pilot needs to pay directly to the Namibian authorities. Once your information is validated from our team and the authorities, we will send the bank details so you can pay the corresponding fees.
4. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to provide your complete information in order to be validated and start the application process.
For an official request with the Namibian Civil Aviation Authority you must mention the exact dates of your trip, the places where you will stay, the activities you are interested in carrying on and the exact points where you wish to carry out your drone flights, do not forget to make sure that you will not carry out any flight in any restricted area or distance limit to enjoy your activity without any complications.
We would need your information to fill the corresponding forms:
- Full Name, DOB, nationality, passport number
- Address(es) of where you will be staying. (submit multiple as applicable)
- Personal Contact information (email, home address, phone number, fax, emergency contact).
- Dates you will be requiring a permit
- Intended areas of flight in the country you are visiting – (as specific as possible – personal addresses if applicable or areas of flight)
- Intended usage for the end footage (promotion, personal use, etc) (short brief of activities planned to do with the drone)
- Drone model you will be flying (brand, model)
- Serial number of drone model or FAA registration number
- Any licenses or certifications you have that may be relevant (drone license, pilot license, ATC license, etc)
- Additional Equipment (lens, gimbals, cameras, etc)
- Copy of your drone insurance (ONLY ENGLISH / DJI care is not valid)
5. Make sure you select the right public places. The next places that are NOT allowed for this kind of operations:
–All the green areas that appear in google maps: these areas have been marked completely restricted by the civil aviation authority of Namibia.
– Archaeological, National and Entertainment parks: all sites considered natural and cultural heritage must be maintained in an order that does not affect the local Biodiversity. As in leisure parks such as Skeleton Coast or Long Beach Leisure Park, they have private administrations whose flight permits must be requested personally.
–Lodges, hotels and private establishments: as in the entertainment parks is managed by private administrations and their authorizations cannot depend on civil aviation authority so any flight carried out in private locations must be requested personally.
How can I fly my drone in a commercial way?
Professional operations are all drone flights carried out for business reasons (television programs, air mapping, nonprofit organization documentaries, advertising of any kind).
Requesting a professional license in Namibia is not an easy task, since not only an authorization from the civil aviation authority is needed, depending on the place where you want to carry out your flight you will need the approval of the local administration (in case of record in private places) and The Namibia Film Commission (NFC).
If you wish to carry out a professional/recreational flight in a national park, you must take into account you will need three different authorizations:
-Authorization from the Namibia Civil Aviation Authority.
-Authorization from The Namibia Film Commission (NFC).
– Authorization from The Minister of Environment and Tourism.
Note: If you wish to carry recreational flights in Nationa Parks and submit the images or videos to websites for followers, the Namibian authority will take these flights as professional operations EVEN if there are no remunerations.
Addituonal requirements for commercial permits:
1. Make sure you request the commercial permit at least 10 weeks in advance a professional operation.
2. Take in count that applying for all these authorizations requires an extensive bureaucratic work completed of at least 12 formats.
3. All licenses requested have an extra charge that must be paid directly to the government by authorization. This charge will depend on the type of license requested.
What rules should I follow as a drone operator?
A person operating an RPAS in Namibia shall:
(a) not operate in weather conditions that do not allow unobstructed visual contact to be maintained with the RPAS by other airspace users and by the operator;
(b) not operate in controlled airspace, except by the holder of ROC and as approved by the Director in the operator’s Operations Manual;
(c) not operate within 5 nautical miles of any restricted area;
(d) not fly over an assembly of people;
(e) not operate closer than the 50 meters to any person or property (vehicles, vessels or structures), roads that is not under the control of the person operating the aircraft;
(f) not use a public road as a place of landing or take-off of an RPA, except when involved in civil defense or law-enforcement operations, with a proper authorization, and provided that at all times reasonable care is taken to ensure the safety of persons and property on the ground;
(g) not operate in a negligent or reckless manner so as to endanger the safety of any person, property or other aircraft in the air or on the ground;
(h) no object or substance shall be released, dispensed, dropped, delivered or deployed from a RPAS except by the holder of an ROC and as approved by the Director in the operators ‘Operations Manual
(i) not operate within 5 nautical miles of gazette National Parks or Game Reserves unless approved for the specific flight or series of flights by the Director and the relevant national agency;
(j) not operate the RPA outside visual line-of-sight unless specifically approved by the Director;
(k) report any accidents, incidents or airspace violations without unreasonable delay to the Director and in any case not later than 72 hours after the occurrence;
(l) not carry dangerous goods as cargo, except by the Holder of an ROC and as approved by the Director in the operation manual.
(m) not operate across the territory of another State, without special authorization issued by the Director and by the appropriate authorities of the other State.