Drone Laws in Zambia
In this post, we have summarized the rules for the use of drones in Zambia.
In order to fly a drone in Zambia legally, you need an RPAS Letter of Approval (RLA), a Certificate of Registration, and an RPAS Pilot’s License (RPL). All documents can be obtained from the Zambia Civil Aviation Authority.
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Overview: Drone rules in Zambia
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Further rules in Zambia
In Zambia, your drone is allowed to fly at a maximum of 120 meters. However, the drone must not fly higher than the highest object within a radius of 300 meters.
Drones in Zambia must be provided with a fireproof license plate indicating their nationality and registration number. The badge must have a white background and be labeled with black letters.
Drone flights in Zambia must be carried out within visual line of sight and only in daylight. The maximum horizontal distance must not exceed 500 meters.
The private use of a drone is allowed
- if the drone weighs no more than 1.5 kilograms or
- if the drone weighs up to 7 kilograms but has a maximum kinetic energy of 15 kJ.
During a drone flight, you must always have a first aid kit and a fire extinguisher with you.
Commercial drone pilots require a Remote Pilot License (RPL). To receive an RPL, you must be at least 18 years old, submit a medical report, have sufficient language skills in English, and take several tests. If you really want to do this, you should take a close look at the document linked above.
Safety distances and flight bans
A distance of 10 kilometers must be kept around airports.
You must not fly your drone near nuclear power plants, prisons, police stations, crime scenes or major national facilities. People, public roads, and buildings must be at least 50 meters away.
Public roads should not be used to launch and land drones.
We have researched the listed drone regulations for Zambia to the best of our knowledge. We cannot guarantee the correctness of the information. If you want to be on the safe side, contact the competent aviation authority. Alternatively, you can also ask the embassy in your country for further information about the regulations. Please leave us a comment when you receive news and/or gain experience with your copter in Zambia!