Grenada has announced that serious consideration is being given into the operation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) also known as drones in its airspace, a practice that is banned in most Caribbean countries.
Speaking at the weekly post-Cabinet Press Briefing at the Ministerial Complex on Tuesday, Minister of Economic Development and International Business, Oliver Joseph, said once a good enough reason is given for the use of the drone, permission can be granted for its operation.
“Some countries have moved to ban it but the Cabinet decision is that the person who wish to operate a UAE should apply to the police for permission to do so stating the specific reason and, the use of the vehicle,” he told reporters.
The senior government minister said a policy is now being developed, as the ruling New National Party (NNP) administration knows there are a lot of uses for drones.
“Drones are widely used now, you would have seen it at the CONCACAF games. I think they use it to take photos at the CARIFTA games. It’s a means where people use it to get aerial shots, photos and other things but we need to have a clear policy on it,” he said.
“The Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority, they are working with the member states of the OECS to fashion this policy and these regulations, so in the meantime persons would have to apply to the police for permission to use the vehicle,” he added.
Minister Joseph stated that the policy would determine what are the risks involved in allowing the use of drones.
“…What you need to do to ensure that the UAV operates within a secure environment, a secure air space but they would probably come up with a no fly zone over the airport perhaps and these kinds of thing – the experts are looking at the moment,” he said.