Saudi Arabia opens drone market with electronic registration system

Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has launched its electronic service for drones..  GACA’s campaign was launched with the aim of enhancing awareness of the importance of registering and issuing license for the drones by GACA, which is a prerequisite for operating drones in the Kingdom.

A recreational drone permit will cost SR250 (USD67) and customers will have to log their identity, the make and serial number of the drone within a registration system. Commercial drone permits will cost SR500 (USD133) and users will have to complete a GACA training course.

“GACA pointed out that the electronic service for registering drones is user friendly, where all the intended user has to do is visit the website, fill out the needed information, and follow up the process electronically,” said the organisation. “The services provided by GACA is easy and flexible in ending all the procedures and link the process to a number of government organizations in order to make registering and issuing the license quite easy.”

“It is worth noting, that drones are defined as a remotely piloted, or pre-programmed plane that follows a specific route to perform specific tasks.  It is divided in three categories:  (non- recreational commercial that weigh 25 kg and above, non-recreational commercial small type, lastly amateur and personal use).  GACA efforts to facilitate the registration and issuance of license for unmanned aircraft (drones) comes within its desire for a full comprehensive digital transformation.  GACA provided a fully integrated platform with several service related to the registration of drones, most notably (registration and renewal, re-issuance of lost license, change of drone ownership, or registration number).  This in addition to operating permit service for drones, most notably (permit, or renewal of commercial, recreational operation permit).”

For more information

https://gaca.gov.sa/web/en-gb/news/gacanews-130119-hf01

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