189 Cote D’Ivoire

Three equal vertical bands of orange (hoist side), white, and green. Orange symbolizes the land (savannah) of the north and fertility, white stands for peace and unity, green represents the forests of the south and the hope for a bright future.

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A woman carrying eggs and a baby. Côte d’Ivoire is a juxtaposition of urban and rural conditions. Its cities, particularly Abidjan, are full of modern office buildings, condominiums, European-style boutiques, and trendy restaurants. They stand in sharp contrast to the country’s many villages – accessed mainly by dirt roads – whose architecture is comprised of huts and simple abodes. While the cities are described as crowded urban enclaves with traffic and a dichotomy of rich and poor residents, the villages are filled with farmers tending their fields, native dress, homemade pottery, and traditional tribal rituals.

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Cote D’Ivoire is a member of ICAO.
Last updated on April 20, 2024


According to Britannica, Côte d’Ivoire was proclaimed an independent republic on August 7, 1960. The 1960 constitution was suspended following the December 1999 military coup, and a new constitution was approved in 2000. Another new constitution was approved in 2016 and amended in 2020, under which executive power is vested in the president, who is directly elected, serves a five-year term, and, beginning in 2020, can only be reelected once. The president, who serves as the head of state, is assisted by a vice president, who is chosen by the elected president and approved by parliament. The president is also assisted by the prime minister, who serves as the head of government. The president appoints the prime minister and, with the prime minister’s recommendations, the Council of Ministers. In addition, there are two other advisory bodies: the Economic, Social, Environmental and Cultural Council and the Constitutional Council. Legislative power is vested in a bicameral parliament, consisting of the National Assembly and the Senate. The 255 members of the National Assembly are directly elected for five-year terms. The Senate, which was provided for under the 2016 constitution but was not created until 2018, has 99 members, of which 66 are indirectly elected by local and regional councils and 33 are appointed by the president. Senators serve a five-year term.

Yamoussoukro was officially named the new national capital in 1983, but austerity measures, civil conflict, and other factors have slowed the transfer of government functions, and Abidjan remains the de facto capital.

For administrative purposes, Côte d’Ivoire is divided into 2 autonomous districts (Abidjan and Yamoussoukro) and 12 districts, which are further divided into régions and then départements. There are also smaller administrative units of sous-préfectures, communes, and villages, each with an elected council.

Côte d’Ivoire has an independent judiciary. The three highest bodies are the Court of Cassation, which deals with criminal and civil matters; the Council of State, which handles administrative disputes; and the Court of Auditors, which oversees matters pertaining to public finances and accounts. There are also subordinate Courts of Appeal and Courts of First Instance. The Superior Council of Magistracy is the body that oversees matters pertaining to the employment and disciplinary matters of judges.

The High Court of Justice is a court of exceptional jurisdiction that judges the president, vice president, and other members of the government. The Constitutional Council is concerned with electoral issues and the constitutionality of laws.

Civil / National Aviation Authority (CAA/NAA)

The National Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC) is headed by a Director General appointed by decree issued by the Council of Ministers. It has a Supervisory Board whose mission is to supervise the management of the Director General, the services or departments and the activities of the National Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC). It meets at least twice a year and as often as ANAC’s interests require. The Supervisory Board is made up of eight (8) members. The current Supervisory Board was set up by decree no. 2014-601 of October 16, 2014.


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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. Cote D’Ivoire AIP

Drone Regulations

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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 Abidjan, 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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