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All You Need To Know About Flying Drones In Nigeria And How To Get Licensed



Drone Flying In Nigeria
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The Nigeria Civil Aviation is the regulatory body for aviation in Nigeria. Civil aviation is a critical element in Nigeria’s transportation system and indeed it’s economy. The body is in charge of regulating anything that flies at the airspace of the country.

Drones have become part of our daily lives, we use drones for aerial photography, movies, research purposes among others. As interesting as this many look, there are rules and laws governing the flying of drones in Nigeria.


In Nigeria, all drones weighing between 250 grams and 25 kilograms must be registered. The drone registration can be done online. Foreign drone pilots will receive a “Recognition of Ownership“, which they have to keep with them during all drone flights. If you do not register, you risk a fine or imprisonment of up to three years.

Based on our research and interpretation of the laws, here are the most important rules to know for flying a drone in Nigeria.

  • It is unlawful to operate a drone without first seeking the required authorizations. Flight plans must be submitted to the NCAA for authorization prior to conducting each individual drone flight within Nigeria.
  •  Drones weighing more than 250 grams (.55 pounds) must be registered with the NCAA.
  •  Drone operators must obtain a Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Certificate prior to flying in Nigeria.
  •  All drone operators must be at least 16 years of age or older.
  •  Drones should not be operated in a reckless or another manner that may cause harm to person, property, or other aircraft.
  •  Do not fly across the border from or into another state.
  •  Do not operate over the high seas without proper authorization from Air Traffic Control.


For more information on Nigeria’s drone laws, see this document issued by the NCAA.


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