The Drones Business in Guatemala

Users and importing companies claim that the process to register with the Civil Aeronautics Directorate is slow, and that there are few incentives to register this kind of equipment.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

As in other countries in the region and around the world, the use of drones in Guatemala is no longer for entertainment purposes only, but also commercial, particularly in agricultural activities, construction, and events such as concerts and other activities. 

See also: "The Business of Drones"

Despite the fact that the Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC) started a process to promote the formal registration of the devices, "...to date, and according to data from the DGAC, nine drones have been registered that fulfill all the requirements requested by the entity.  980 apparatuses are currently in the process of being registed. Among the requests are construction companies, fumigation companies, cadastral surveys, real estate appraisals specialists, municipalities, promoters of musical events, and Engineering and Architecture students, among others."

Prensalibre.com reports that "...In the case of companies that import drones into the country, at least two responded that they are currently asked to register the devices when they enter the country. Sales executives, who preferred to remain anonymous, commented that the process takes several days and this delays the entry of the merchandise to the points of sale."

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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.

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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.

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Rules for Drones in Honduras

July 2017

A bill that is being discussed in Congress prohibits drones operating in controlled airspaces and at a height of greater than 122 meters.

The reform to the Aeronautics Law also proposes "... prohibiting the use of drones more than 43 meters above ground level under controlled airspace or within a radius of five kilometers of a runway or a kilometer in length from a helicopter.

Nicaragua Wants Drones for Commercial Use

June 2017

The business sector is proposing to the government that regulations be made more flexible and that the use of drones over 100 feet high be allowed in agricultural, tourism and construction activities.

Businessmen from the construction sector argue that currently they have to rent a helicopter in order to take pictures and videos of works in development, the same as in the agricultural sector, where the inability to use drones raises costs in activities such as crop fumigation. 

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