Grenada: Drone users must get permission

The Grenada Government Tuesday warned drone users that they must first obtain permission from the police before allowing the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) into the air.

“Cabinet has decided that persons who wish to operate a UAV should apply to the police stating the reason,” Planning Minister Oliver Joseph told reporters.

He explained that at present, Grenada has no policy with regards to the operations of drones and is collaborating with the Antigua-based Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCA) to develop a policy for the use of drones.

Joseph said that in the absent of an official policy the police will decide who receive permission for using drones in Grenada’s airspace.

Joseph did not provide a reason for Cabinet’s decision but it’s common knowledge that drones, which are used for both recreational and professional activities, are operating on a fine line between innocent domestic use and invasion of privacy.

Barbados recently announced a ban on using drones in its airspace until legislation and or a policy is enacted and enforced.

Joseph said that that Grenada will not adopt the measure to totally ban the use of drones but instead has decided to let the users apply to the police for permission.