Drones/Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS)

The Ministry of Transport (MOT) wishes to inform the public about the potential dangers Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), including drones, pose to scheduled aircraft operations. It is crucial to adhere to strict regulations outlined in the Civil Aviation Act 2002 to ensure the safety of all airspace users.


Regulations Overview:

  • CICAR Part 101: Regulates the general use of drones.
  • CICAR Part 102: Applies to the commercial operation of drones.

To access detailed rules regarding drone/RPAS operation, download the regulations from here.

Key Requirements

  • CICAR 101.11: Obtain authorization from the Air Traffic Control Unit before operating in controlled airspace.
  • CICAR 101.205: Maintain a distance of at least 4km from an uncontrolled aerodrome.
  • CICAR 101.207 (a) (3): Operate below 400ft (120m) above ground/water.
  • CICAR 101.207 (a)(1): Obtain prior consent before flying over people or property

For further information and Authorization:

Ministry of Transport:

Airport Authority:

Authorization Application Form

To apply for authorization to operate a drone/RPAS in the Cook Islands, please fill out the application form here.

For your safety and the safety of others, it is imperative to comply with all regulations outlined by the Cook Islands Civil Aviation Authority.