The Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands, under the
provisions contained in Articles 4 and 6 of the Air Navigation
(Overseas Territories) Order 2013, has issued a Direction to
restrict the use of small unmanned aircrafts (i.e. drones,
UAV's, Quadcopters) in the vicinity of the airports, that is,
Owen Roberts International Airport, Charles Kirkconnell
International Airport and Edward Bodden Aerodrome. The Direction
also establishes a restricted zone around HM Prison Northward to
improve the security of its perimeter. The Direction was effective
on February 1 2016.
No unmanned aircraft will be permitted to fly without permission
issued by the Director-General of Civil Aviation (and the Director
of Prisons where relevant), within a three nautical mile zone
extending out from the perimeter of the airports or one nautical
mile zone, extending out from the perimeter of Northward
The need for these restrictions arises from the explosion in the
international sales of unmanned aircraft. Recent reports suggest
that there has been a significant increase in the use of small
unmanned aircraft, particularly in the vicinity of Owen Roberts
International Airport. While there has been no incident to date,
the risk of an accident caused by the impact of a small unmanned
aircraft with a conventional aircraft or its ingestion by a jet
engine increases proportionally. Reports have also shown that in
the United States the unmanned aircrafts are being used to smuggle
contraband into the Prisons. The Directions aid with enhancing the
security of the Prison.
Persons who contravene the Direction will be liable to
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