Wednesday, June 22, 2016

GCAA to issue new directives on use of ‘drones’ in Ghana

The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) is set to issue New Directives on the requirements for the registration and use of ‘drones’ in Ghana.

The drones which is technically known as ‘remotely piloted aircraft system’ is among other things meant to serve as a directive to supplement the provisions of the Ghana Civil Aviation (Safety) Regulations, 2011, L.I. 2000.
It is also to ensure safety in the operations of the Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS).

Among some of the obligations under the new directives are that; Personnel will not be obliged to act as an RPA observer without having in his/ her possession proof of RPA observer competency issued by a training organization approved by the Authority.

Meanwhile some privileges and conditions included are;
  1. No person shall operate an RPAS without a license issued by the Authority.
  2. No RPAS pilot shall operate an RPAS except in accordance with the ratings, limitations or endorsements of their license.
  3. The exercise of the privileges granted by a remote pilot license shall depend on the validity of the license, the medical certificate and if applicable, of the ratings contained in the license.
  4. An RPAS piloting license shall be valid for a period of five (5) years, renewable every year upon proof of a valid medical certificate
According to the GCAA, more on the initial directives could be assessed on their website under the heading, “Safety Directives on Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS).”
GCAA will however be holding a Stakeholders conference next month to finalize the new directives.

Click to view the new regulations.


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Streaming Online: Ghanaian Radio Stations on TuneIn Radio App

By: Yaw Frempong Ampomah|| @Penplusbytes 

TuneIn is a privately held company based in Palo Alto, California founded by Bill Moore as RadioTime in Dallas, Texas in 2002. TuneIn's website and free mobile apps offer users the ability to listen to streaming audio of over 100,000 radio networks and radio stations worldwide, including AM, FM, HD, LP, digital and internet stations. Additionally, over four million podcasts are available for streaming on TuneIn and has a directory which carries the most comprehensive list of sports, news, talk, and music from around the world.

In May 2014, TuneIn announced that its service had over 50 million monthly active users. Raising over $47 million in venture funding from Institutional Venture Partners, Sequoia Capital, Google Ventures, General Catalyst Partners, and Jafco Ventures, the mobile app is available for the web at, and is available on all smartphones and tablets, including over 55 vehicle models. It is generally suited for  iOS,  Android, BlackBerry, Samsung, Windows Phone, and on over 200 connected devices/platforms. 

TuneIn's website is currently available in 22 different languages. Each language has its own version of the website with content tailored for the specific language or region.

To get onto TuneIn’s platform, Broadcasters send a request to add their stations by visiting  where a form is made available. Once the form is filled out, the request submission is reviewed after which an email is sent to you for confirmation. Broadcasters can also confirm the listing of their stations by searching the station name on within 72 hours.

Other online radio platforms available on Android devices and on other platforms are iHeartRadio, Pandora, XiiaLive, Slacker Radio, Digitally Imported, Jazz Radio, and Songza.

TuneIn radio app allows broadcasters an opportunity to know how many unique listeners tuned in to their station, how many listens (tunes) their station had, how long people listened for as well as where their listeners came from. To the listener, TuneIn makes available online a hassle-free audio content, whether it’s music, talk shows, or whatever else, allowing one to even tune into actual radio stations and all of this is available for free.

Ghanaian radio broadcasting entities have so far not been left out of the internet radio service. Currently, there are 58 local Ghanaian stations available on TuneIn delivering radio service online and they can be found with their respective addresses below:

Name   of  Station
Adom fm
JOY  fm
Asempa   fm
Nhyira fm
Highlife  Radio
Peace fm
Citi  fm
Angel   fm
Metro  fm
Radio  Gold
Hitz fm
Atlantis fm
Breeeze fm
Bryt   fm
Choice fm
GBC  Uniiq
Ghana today Radio
Highlife  Radio
Kantinka  fm
Live fm
Montie  fm
Pink  fm
New  Mercury
Pravda Radio
Rainbow  fm
RFI-Afrique  radio
Starr fm
Sweet Melodies fm
TOP fm
Oman  fm


Fox  fm
Hello  fm
Ark fm
Hot fm
Kessben  fm
All  Friends
Focus  fm
Kapital  Radio
Otec  fm
Price fm
Shaft  fm
Solid fm
Sunsum  fm
Time  fm
Uitimate  fm
Zuria fm