Advances in drone and camera equipment have made consumer drones widely available at a low cost. In the United States, these technological advances have far outpaced the relevant legal framework. In attempting to develop and implement a regulatory scheme that safely integrates drones into the national airspace system, the Federal Aviation Administration faces tremendous challenges to set up a system which addresses many different concerns.
Switzerland has been reluctant to approach the integration of drones into the aviation system in a comprehensive manner. The Aviation Ordinance and the Ordinance on Special Category Aircraft are the national legal instruments apply to drones operating in Swiss airspace.
Canada has undertaken several consultation processes and updates to the drone regulatory system in the last decade in recognition of the growth in both the commercial and recreational use of this technology. In addition to proposed new regulations addressing the safe operation of drones, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner recently addressed the privacy concerns that have been raised by their increased use.
Civil aviation in Nigeria is governed by the Civil Aviation Act. However, the Civil Aviation Act does not specifically provide for drones and they are not required to be registered. The use of drones for leisure and commercial purposes has yet to become widespread in Nigeria, which may be a reason why there has been no significant legislative enactment covering it.