3 Antigua and Barbuda

Red, with an inverted isosceles triangle based on the top edge of the flag. The triangle contains 3 horizontal bands of black (top), light blue, and white, with a yellow rising sun in the black band. The sun symbolizes the dawn of a new era, black represents the African heritage of most of the population, blue is for hope, and red is for the dynamism of the people. The “V” stands for victory. The successive yellow, blue, and white coloring is also meant to evoke the country’s tourist attractions of sun, sea, and sand.

Flag courtesy of the CIA World Factbook

Map courtesy of Wikipedia

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A closer view of the island of Antigua shows severely eroded volcanic remnants along its forested southwestern quadrant.

Photo courtesy of the CIA World Factbook

Barbuda as viewed from space. The island, which lies north of Antigua, is mostly coral limestone and exhibits little topographic variation; its highest point is only 38 meters above sea level. Barbuda is sparsely inhabited compared to its sister island.

Photo courtesy of the CIA World Factbook

Antigua and Barbuda are members of ICAO.
Last updated on April 5, 2024


According to Britannica, Antigua and Barbuda is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary form of government. The British monarch is nominal head of state, represented by a governor-general. The constitution allows for a two-chamber legislature, consisting of a Senate and a House of Representatives. Executive power is vested in a Council of Ministers headed by the prime minister, who is the head of government.

Civil / National Aviation Authority (CAA/NAA)

Ministry of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Transportation & Investment

The Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is an eleven-member grouping of islands spread across the Eastern Caribbean. Together, they form a near-continuous archipelago across the eastern reaches of the Caribbean Sea. They comprise the Leeward Islands: Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat, Anguilla, and the British Virgin Islands; and the Windward Islands: Dominica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada, Martinique and Guadeloupe.

The Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA) evolved from the Directorate of Civil Aviation – Eastern Caribbean States, which may be considered as one of the oldest, if not the oldest institutions in the Eastern Caribbean region. From inception, the Directorate was seen as a vehicle for facilitating a collective and uniform approach to Civil Aviation matters affecting the then Windward and Leeward Islands, which now comprise the OECS Group.


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ICAO countries publish an Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP). This document is divided into three parts: General (GEN), En Route (ENR) and Aerodromes (AD). ENR 1.4 details the types of airspace classes they chose to adopt from classes A through G.

Air Navigation Services are provided by the Government of Antigua and Barbuda through the Ministry of Public Utilities, Civil Aviation, Transportation and Energy (The ANSP). The departments which provide air navigation service on behalf of the Government are the Antigua and Barbuda Air Traffic Services and Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Services.

The Antigua and Barbuda Airport Authority (ABAA) is a statutory body which falls under this Ministry. It was established by an Act of Parliament in November 2006. The mandate of this Statutory body was stated as “to provide for the establishment of an Airport Authority; to make provisions for the ownership, control, management and development of airports in Antigua and Barbuda; and for matters connected generally with management of airports”.

The Authority provides supporting services such as Aerodrome development and maintenance for the V. C. Bird International Airport on Antigua and the Codrington Airport located on Barbuda.

Drone Regulations

Currently, there is no legal framework for the use of drones.

Advanced Air Mobility (AAM)


Short Essay Questions

Question 1

You have been hired by a Drone Startup Company. Your boss has immediately assigned this job to you.

They need you to prepare a one-page memo detailing the legalities of using a drone at the Codrington Airport on Barbuda, pictured above.

They need you to mention any national laws and local ordinances.

They specifically want to know what airspace you will be operating in, and whether or not you need an airspace authorization.

Does it matter whether or not you are a citizen of the country?

Lastly, there is a bonus for you if, as you scroll through this chapter, you find any typos or broken links!

Question 2

Do you need a certificate to fly UAS?

If so, how do you obtain one?

Are there fees associated with this?

If so, how much?

Question 3

May you operate beyond visual line of sight?

If so, what procedures must you follow?

Question 4

Does the country have UAM/AAM laws? If so, describe, citing the exact law.

Question 5

Are you aware of any new laws or policies not mentioned above? If so, describe, citing the exact law or policy.





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