To fly a drone in Zambia, 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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Maximum altitude: In Zambia, your drone is allowed to fly a maximum of 120 meters. However, the drone must not fly higher than the highest object within a radius of 300 meters.
Maximum horizontal distance and FPV: Drone flights must be operated in Zambia within sight. The maximum horizontal distance must not exceed 500 meters.
Compulsory insurance: RPAS Operator Certificate (ROC) holders require drone insurance in Zambia.
Maximum take-off weight (MTOW): A drone may not be used for private use when
- it weighs more than 1.5 kilograms or
- not more than 7 kilograms with a maximum kinetic energy of 15 kJ.
Distance to airports: At airports, a distance of 10 kilometers has to be considered.
Other safety distances: 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 50 meters apart.
No-fly zones: Public roads should not be used to launch and land drones.
Operating Hours: Drone flights in Zambia are only allowed in daylight.
Special legislation: 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. During a drone flight, you must always have a first aid kit and a fire extinguisher in the immediate vicinity.
Commercial pilot regulations: Commercial drone pilots require a Remote Pilot License (RPL). To obtain an RPL, you must be at least 18 years old, have a medical report, have sufficient English language proficiency, and pass multiple exams. If you are looking for that, you should study the document linked below.
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!