To all professionals and enthusiasts of new technologies, who would like to see Morocco ahead of everyone in this regard.
So the most important thing to say is to say something and not leave….and not to leave a vacuum on this subject and let people wonder with questions unanswered. Those are the resons why we wrote this article and also to put the record straight, hence the actual creation of our association Drone Maroc which is the first of its kind in Africa excluding South africa.
So let’s talk first about the Imports :
CIVILIAN DRONES IMPORTS IN MOROCCO:
Can drones be imported into Morocco?
To this pertinente question, there is indeed a clear answer : Prior to April 2014 it was still possible, but after that date, due to several incidents caused by amateurs and even by professionals including the only official dealer in Morocco, it is now forbidden to import drones and this with strict governmental guidelines on the matter : Anyone who orders drones by postal routes (eg : DHL / TNT / FEDEX) will have them confiscated.
For foreigners who arrive by air or roads with their civil drones, they will have them confiscated until their departure in their respective countries.
Except Special Cases or timely State Intervention, import is definitely forbidden to date pending regulations and hopefully rules to come.
Regarding authorisations :
AUTHORISATIONS FOR CIVIL DRONES IN MOROCCO:
Regarding only the Socio-professional category, and based on what we know :
For foreigners who would like to use a Drone for filming in Morocco, they will have to use a local Moroccan production company, or check the Foreigners Department recently added to our section Administrations. That said, authorisations are frozen for the time being.
The CCM (Centre Cinematographique Marocain) will soon publish a list of Moroccan productions companies able to outsource civilian drones, types of models available and skills of everyone in this field.
For the locals, our fellow citizens, the task is difficult too, because whether foreigners or locals, the authorisations for civil drones are just not issued or very scantly.
Only the Civil Aviation or DTA (Department du Transport Aerien) is fit to provide this valuable document but we know for sure that until now no authorisation was issued by this state institution.
THAT SAID BUT NEVER SAID ENOUGH :
Many people still use civilian drones in urban or outside urban areas but :
– Without authorisation and this is punishable by imprisonment or a fine and confiscation of the drone in question, and obviously would interfere with the privacy of others, endanger the lives of others, such as being responsible for a deadly car accident or cause injury with the propellers that can be debilitating and for life, or even brush against an accident with an airliner as it was the case in Heathrow (London airport), so one shall take these risks into consideration and be somewhat responsible, unless one has a private property far from any town, then is free to fly over the property without affecting a neighbor or a third person.
– With an authorisation from the CCM, please note this is only valid coupled with the DTA authorisation (the only approved entity able to provide that precious document). If you work with a drone under the CCM cover, you risk loosing your production approval, be fined and get your equipment confiscated… So please reflect on this before acting.
We are hoping to obtain a piece of land from the state, as it was the case before for the CAF (Club Alpin Francais) for all UAV pilots and for anyone wishing to test their material and learn to fly. We also hope to open a training school for UAV Certification because as for now the easiest is to obtain certifications in France with a hefty price tag of €3000 to €5000.
We are waiting and looking forward to this situation to be unclogged by the different services concerned (CIVIL AVIATION LIKE FAA/ ANRT / FAR / ROYAL POLICE / MINISTRY OF INTERIOR)
We would also ask for your support and encouragement, and of course we accept all support, in which ever way you can as we spend a considerable amount of time for this purpose (full time), funding (personnal money), and of course energy.
See below for your attention a small zip file with ethics to follow as a good drone pilot.
Investigated, researched and written by:
Tarek M BENKHMIS M’hamed
Translated by : Saadia WAFFLES
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