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Old 02-06-2017, 06:50 PM   #1
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Default Flying a drone in the Bahamas

Illegal to fly one or legal? Is this true?

http://www.tribune242.com/news/2016/...-effect-today/
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Thats the rules...so don't get caught.
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Old 02-07-2017, 03:12 AM   #3
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It needs to be registered and you can do that online. They have been known to confiscate them at customs (when flying in) if they aren't registered. I spoke to a guy who brought one in when we were there last, and a local photographer who has one now. They both said it wasn't hard you just fill out the form with your info and the drone serial number. I'm not sure if there is a fee
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They confiscated mine at Marsh Harbor over Christmas. They said I could register it and pick it up later in the week, but being Christmas week, no non essential government employees were working. They did return it to me on my flight out.
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I have done this process. You need to get approval then pay the deposit at customs. The issue is getting the deposit back. I didn't have time before my flight and no way to get to BS customs departing.
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I was just on the BCAA site and couldn't find a link to register. Has anyone done this that can forward a link? Is it registered immediately or was there a wait?

We are flying into Georgetown next week to meet a boat and someone in my party just bought a drone for the trip. It will be in a backpack and we are not flying commercially, think it will get confiscated?
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I was in a private plane when mine was confiscated, you still have to clear customs.
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I was just on the BCAA site and couldn't find a link to register. Has anyone done this that can forward a link? Is it registered immediately or was there a wait?

We are flying into Georgetown next week to meet a boat and someone in my party just bought a drone for the trip. It will be in a backpack and we are not flying commercially, think it will get confiscated?
I would not have it in a drone backpack. That is quite obvious.

You can TRY contacting dept of Civil Aviation. I've not had a single answer of the phone or return call or email in previous tries.
http://www.bahamas.gov.bs/wps/portal...vZ0FBIS9nQSEh/

http://www.bcaa.gov.bs/contact

I don't know where the online form is now. I saw it at one point but can't locate it now.
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I wish the US would do this as well. Maybe they have and I haven't paid attention but anyway. See this link, look to the right side top in red, it says DRONES. I think you have to create an account to register the drone there.

http://www.bcaa.gov.bs/
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I wish the US would do this as well. Maybe they have and I haven't paid attention but anyway. See this link, look to the right side top in red, it says DRONES. I think you have to create an account to register the drone there.

http://www.bcaa.gov.bs/
Ah, it shows on desktop only. I thought they had an online system to do it.
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I wish the US would do this as well. Maybe they have and I haven't paid attention but anyway. See this link, look to the right side top in red, it says DRONES. I think you have to create an account to register the drone there.

http://www.bcaa.gov.bs/
This is accurate -creating the account is easy. It should be noted that creating the account and registering the drone is done under the following conditions:

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I / We Certify:

That the above aircraft is owned by the undersigned applicant(s), who is a citizen (including corporations) of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. (For voting trust, give name of trustee. ). or;
A resident alien, with alien registration Number:
A non-citizen corporation organized and doing business under the laws of (state)

That the aircraft is not registered under the laws of any foreign country; and
That legal evidence of ownership is attached or has been filed with the Flight Standards Inspectorate.
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Ah, it shows on desktop only. I thought they had an online system to do it.
I clicked on the link and crated an account online with them, and then go back to sign in and takes me to registration page for the drone, so I think it works. I don't have a drone to register, yet , but if I end up with one before next trip to Islands, I'll go back to this link.
Thanks for posting it.
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The US already HAS done this...
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We flew one while waiting at the dock at Alice Town and within 2 mins we had "security" come and try to confiscate the damn thing. Luckily my buddy had all the correct requirements, he is a commercial pilot and has the "drone pilot" license. After a little bit of talking with immigration they said it was cool just to put it away and don't fly it any longer.
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Doesn't look like a US citizen can even get approved. I'm on the Bahamas website trying to fill out an application and there are three categories of applicants:

That the above aircraft is owned by the undersigned applicant(s), who is a citizen (including corporations) of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. (For voting trust, give name of trustee.
Name of Owner

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A resident alien, with alien registration Number:

A non-citizen corporation organized and doing business under the laws of (state)
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Doesn't look like a US citizen can even get approved. I'm on the Bahamas website trying to fill out an application and there are three categories of applicants:

That the above aircraft is owned by the undersigned applicant(s), who is a citizen (including corporations) of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. (For voting trust, give name of trustee.
Name of Owner

or;

A resident alien, with alien registration Number:

A non-citizen corporation organized and doing business under the laws of (state)
I'd just do the last one, with FL. You're selecting "individual" up above anyway. Most likely it's just some kind of bug that they'll never get around to fixing on the web site.
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Damn, seems like a bunch of crap just to video tape the bit as I troll.... I don't own one yet but was considering buying one before heading over. Hmmmmm.
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I have never been able to understand the anti drone sentiment. In my mind, if outside you probably shouldnt have any expectation of privacy (just being a realist here...).

I had no idea all the drones I have seen people flying over there were registered.
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I have never been able to understand the anti drone sentiment. In my mind, if outside you probably shouldnt have any expectation of privacy (just being a realist here...).
There are privacy concerns... People who lived several stories up thought they had less to worry about peeping tom types... People who have nice enclosed yard thought they had privacy... Having said that, a major concern, both in the US and in the Bahamas, is mid air collisions between drones and aircraft...
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I have never been able to understand the anti drone sentiment. In my mind, if outside you probably shouldnt have any expectation of privacy (just being a realist here...).

I had no idea all the drones I have seen people flying over there were registered.
I have one and have used it a fair amount in the Bahamas. The pictures are fantastic.
Having said that, I do think they are annoying as hell. Almost on par with people playing their music too loud. To me, it just kind of kills the vibe when you hear one buzzing around that isn't your own. I always ask everyone around me if it's ok if I send it up. I doubt they're thrilled but at least I ask. I try to be as quick as possible. I don't leave it hovering around the dock for 20 minutes.

I have a US reg but I've never done the Bahamas registration. I have a hard enough time with the pet stuff.
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