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permit for the use of drones

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Civil Aeronautics Authority (AAC)

Authorization request for the operation of unmanned radio controlled rockets and aircrafts (UAV and UAS)

(For exclusive use on scientific, academic, and educational work)

The Civil Aeronautics Authority of Panama (AAC) by Resolution No. 120DSA/DJ/AAC of April 23 2016 regulates drone operations in the Republic of Panama.

All drones heavier of 250 grams that will operate in the Republic of Panama will require registration at the Civil Aeronautics Authority of Panama before any use.

To apply for an authorization for the operation of unmanned radio controlled rockets and aircrafts from the Civil Aeronautics Authority of Panama (AAC). You MUST include the following information/documents in your application package:

  1. Valid Certificate of Operation for unmanned aircraft issued by the Civil Aeronautics Authority of Panama (AAC).
    a. AAC will recognize a Certificate of Operation for unmanned aircraft issued by a Contracting State, if the requirements for issuance of the certificate are at least equal to those required by the AAC or by a reciprocity agreement.
  2. In person registration of the drone with the Civil Aeronautics Authority of Panama (AAC) at Marcos A. Gelabert Airport in Panama City.
    a. You will require providing drone brand, model, and serial number.
  3. Formulario de Solicitud de Permiso de Actividades Aéreas Especiales (DRONES) Dentro de la FIR CTA/PANAMA (Special Air Activities Permit Request Form (DRONES) Within the FIR CTA/PANAMA) duly completed in Spanish and signed. (For your convenience, we can provide a list of independent translators that you may contact directly).
  4. Informed Consent Letter (written authorization required for overflights in private properties, indigenous reserves, protected areas, and The Panama Canal Watershed).
    NOTE: The Civil Aeronautics Authority (AAC) will not authorize overflights without the Informed Consent Letter(s).

Please contact the scientific permit office (stri-permits@si.edu) if you require additional information, or if in doubt if your research sites will require the informed consent letter

You MUST submit your request 15 days in advance of your proposed overflight.

You MUST submit a separate request for overflights on non-consecutive days

Please send the duly completed permit application package to the scientific permits office: stri-permits@si.edu

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