BUAVA Statement 2023.

BUAVA Statement 2023.

The Barbados UAV Association (BUAVA) aims to keep members informed on matters which may impact operations in both commercial and recreational spaces. We make the following comments for your information.

There were incidents in 2022 which resulted in the enforcement of restrictions, specifically night missions. This created some challenges for operators in the commercial space. BUAVA is currently seeking an audience with the PMO on this matter.

BUAVA also seeks to investigate viable insurance coverage solutions for members who require them.

Tremendous steps have been made with consumer drones to ensure their safe and legal operation - from height and distance limits to extensive, complex, prohibited zones. Further information can be found on this subject at https://www.dji.com/flysafe. Our own proposed guidelines for Barbados can be found at https://buava.bb/flysafe.

The Barbados UAV Association has previously been in contact with the leading drone manufacturer in the world to have Barbados' airport, Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA), no-fly zone radius corrected from the currently programmed 1km radius to the Barbados Civil Aviation Authorities (CAA) mandated 5km radius.


BUAVA remains available to the CAA and GAIA for consultation and advice. 

We are pleased to advise new comers and visitors alike on what is required to legally operate a drone in Barbadian air space. Please feel free to contact us for any assistance you may require.


The Barbados UAV Association (BUAVA) is a non-profit association comprising recreational and commercial UAV operators in Barbados who endeavour to be responsible pilots that uphold the objectives of the Association. Further information can be found on our website at https://buava.bb