Posted By: Kelvin Osa Okunbor and Temitope Ofere
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has issued the first Remotely Piloted Aircraft/Drones (RPAS) Operators Certificate (ROC) to Oando Plc.
The spokesman of the authority, Sam Adurogboye, broke the news yesterday.
The RPAS Operators Certificate (ROC), according to Adurogboye shall remain in force till June 15, 2019 and shall be carried on site during each authorized/approved operations.
By the development, he said the authority is pioneering the issuance of certificate to civil/private operators in the unmanned aircraft operations category.
He said Oando Reservoir and Production Services Limited received the certificate having satisfied the requirements and was found competent to secure the safe operation of the aircraft with type registration number Lockheed Martins SN 248-255.
The certificate is for flights covers aerial work in environmental observation monitoring and protection.
To qualify for the issuance of certificate, applicants are expected to undergo five phases.
These include pre-application, formal application, document evaluation, demonstration & inspection and certification phases.