Are you a photographer or videographer in need of dramatic shots? Then worry no more, as you could be “legally” flying your very own drone across the skies of Oman soon. How soon? Come March, the Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA) should begin processing licences for drones to enter the Omani airspace.
The time taken to process a new drone licence will be 30 days or less – which is three times faster than the current system.
In an interview with a local daily at the Drones Oman conference, which was organised by the International Quality and Productivity Center (IQPC), Anwar al Raisi, the Director-General of PACA said: “The process is being streamlined to make procedures easy to fly drones in the Sultanate if the applicant meets safety and security requirements.
“We are amending the previous law and the draft prepared by the PACA is ready, subject to approval from other authorities. By the end of next month, we will have an application form available on our website.
“Anyone in Oman or abroad who wants to fly a drone in Oman can fill in the form, providing necessary details and the PACA will take it for further approval from other departments and get back to the client. In a best-case scenario, it will take less than a month to obtain a licence,” he was quoted saying.
The online application fee for the licence will be RO25, along with other procedural fees.
According to al Raisi, the “fee will be nominal for individuals and companies” and the “license price will depend on factors such as weight of a drone, period of license, etc”.
The Drones Oman conference was held at the Crowne Plaza Muscat on February 27-28.