96 Aruba (Netherlands)

Blue, with two narrow, horizontal, yellow stripes across the lower portion and a red, four-pointed star outlined in white in the upper hoist-side corner. The star represents Aruba and its red soil and white beaches, its four points the four major languages (Papiamento, Dutch, Spanish, English) as well as the four points of a compass, to indicate that its inhabitants come from all over the world. The blue symbolizes Caribbean waters and skies. The stripes represent the island’s two main “industries”: the flow of tourists to the sun-drenched beaches and the flow of minerals from the earth.

Flag courtesy of the CIA World Factbook

Map courtesy of the CIA World Factbook

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East shore near Budi.

Photo courtesy of the CIA World Factbook

Last updated on April 18, 2024


According to Britannica, a governor, appointed to a six-year term by the Dutch crown, is the formal head of government and representative of the reigning monarch of the Netherlands. Executive authority is vested in a Council of Ministers, headed by a prime minister. The council is responsible to a 21-member unicameral legislature, the Staten (States), elected by universal adult suffrage.

Civil / National Aviation Authority (CAA/NAA)

Aruba together with the Netherlands, Curaçao and Sint Maarten constitutes the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and therefore shares in the collective ICAO membership of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In 1986 Aruba attained an autonomous state within the Kingdom and the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) Aruba was founded. Firstly, the aviation laws of the Netherlands Antilles were adopted, afterwards amended and synchronized with the Dutch aviation laws. In 1995 major changes were made in the regulation in order to meet the level of the new European Joint Aviation Requirements (JAR-OPS, JAR-FCL, etc.). By meeting these requirements Aruba received high scores in the US DOT (FAA) audit, this resulted in an IASA-category 1 listing. These extensive efforts ensured for a thorough safety culture with several aviation authorities in Aruba. The aviation authorities and the local aviation industry have focused on the achievement of and to operate with the highest standards. A lot of time is spend and research done, taking into account the size of the island and the changing requirements, to meet these high requirements as well as the continuous promotion of the aviation industry in Aruba. An example of this is entering into agreements with other civil aviation authorities to share expertise.


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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.

Dutch Caribbean ANSP

Airspace Classification

Airspace Classification

Airspace Classification

Drone Regulations

Import permits

  • Electronic device 

Some electronic devices require an import permit from the Department of Telecommunications Affairs. These devices include drones, telecommunication devices, etc.

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 to film in Budi, 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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