The Barbados Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Association (BUAVA) has released a video calling for change in the island’s drone legislation.
The statement, by BUAVA vice president Phil Archer, says that a ban on drone imports and licenses in Barbados was, on May 2, extended for a fourth time.
The extension is for six months, beginning retroactively on April 1.
Archer said the ban does not mean drones themselves and the use of drones are banned, just import and licenses, meaning no accountability for those who misuse the technology.
He also stressed that while local companies cannot use them, foreign companies working in Barbados can.
Archer said: “We would also like to request a reconsideration on the ban of parts, to service these units, as well as to facilitate Barbadian innovators who operate legitimately within a somewhat restricted industry.”
BUAVA was founded in 2017 as an advocacy and support group for the UAV community on the island. Its full video statement can be watched below:
Also announced in the video is the founding of the BUAVA Emergency Response Team.
This decision is based on a recent missing persons case on the island’s east coast, which saw five local drone pilots volunteer their services for the search and rescue efforts.
BUAVA felt that a formal, organised operation was needed so that search and rescue teams do not rely on civilian drone pilots.