Drones in Costa Rica: Potential Business

Almost a year after the regulation for the commercial use of drones entered into force in the country, there are only four companies registered with the General Directorate of Civil Aviation.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Since February 14th, 2018, companies using drones for commercial purposes in Costa Rica must pay $1,874 to obtain the exploitation certificate. So far, few companies in this business have initiated the permit process.

You may be interested in "The Drones Business in Guatemala"

Regarding the business lines that have been developed in the country, Nacion.com indicates that "... At the moment, the four companies registered with the General Directorate of Civil Aviation are dedicated to aerial photography, surveying and observation."

There are other companies seeking other uses for aircraft. José Navarro, executive director of Go Pato, explained that "... they will begin to distribute medicines in alliance with Fischel pharmacies. The first zones to begin with the deliveries by drone flight would be around Roosevelt Plaza in Montes de Oca and Cartago."

Also see “Drones in Agriculture

In 2016, CentralAmericaData published that according to a global report by PriceWaterHouseCoopers points out the business potential of the drone’s market and its application in different productive sectors, such as infrastructure, agriculture, services, telecommunications, transportation, security and mining, among others.

The report detailed that $32 billion is estimated to be the global value of the use of drones in agriculture and more than $45 billion in infrastructure services. See "The Business of Drones".

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Regulations for Commercial Use of Drones are in Force

February 2018

Starting from February 14, companies that use drones for commercial purposes in Costa Rica must pay $1,874 to obtain a certificate of operations.

The regulation set by the General Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGAC) was published on June 8, 2017 in the newspaper La Gaceta, and states that "... Operations with remotely piloted aircraft systems, intended for aerial services for the commercialization of products or services obtained through remuneration, may only be carried out by natural or legal persons who have a certificate of exploitation ... ".

Costa Rica: Rules for Commercial Use of Drones

July 2017

The new regulation establishes that companies that use drones for commercial purposes must have a certificate of exploitation, whose cost could be around $1,500.

The regulation published by the General Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGAC) was published on June 8 in the newspaper La Gaceta, and will come into effect on August 13 this year. 

Regulation of Commercial Use of Drones in Costa Rica

March 2015

The Civil Aviation Authority will be presenting in April standards to regulate the commercial uses of drones, forcing operators to possess technical records, operating manuals and a policy against damage to third parties.

The rules which the Civil Aviation Authority intends to put forward in April to the Civil Aviation Technical Council exclude their use for recreational or sporting purposes, including them within the practice of aeromodelling and focusing on use for purposes which are "... commercial, scientific, humanitarian, emergency care and others. "

Costa Rica: Rules for Use of Drones

December 2014

The 2015 regulation that is being prepared by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation establishes the regulation of commercial and recreational use and provision for tuition and certifications.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is seeking to regulate the commercial and recreational use of drones using regulation that will have as its basis what was established by the International Civil Aviation Organization.

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