Drone Laws Rules and Regulations

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Drone Laws Rules and Regulations are changing regularly these days as Governments and Councils look at ways to improve safety.

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Since the laws can change frequently, please check the official website for your country or flying location before you take your first drone flight.

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Recreational Flying Drone Laws in the United States

US Drone Law describes how, when, and where you can fly drones for recreational purposes.

Following these rules will keep you and your drone safe and will help keep the airspace available to everyone.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Register your dronemark it on the outside with the registration number (PDF), and carry proof of registration with you.
  2. Fly only for recreational purposes.
  3. Follow the safety guidelines of a community-based organization.
  4. Fly your drone at or below 400 feet when in uncontrolled or “Class G” airspace.
    This is airspace where the FAA is not controlling manned air traffic. To determine what type of airspace you are in, refer to the mobile application that operates your drone (if so equipped) and/or uses other drone-related mobile applications. Knowing your location and what airspace you’re in will also help you avoid interfering with other aircraft.
  5. Do NOT fly in controlled airspace (around and above many airports) unless:
    1. You receive an airspace authorization for operations in controlled airspace through LAANC (Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability), before you fly. Learn more about approved LAANC UAS Service Suppliers for recreational flyers.
    2. You are flying at a recreational flyer fixed site that has a written agreement with the FAA. The FAA has posted a list of approved sites (MS Excel) and has depicted them as blue dots on a map. Each fixed site is limited to the altitude shown on this map, which varies by location.

    NOTE: If your organization is interested in establishing a letter of agreement for a fixed flying site, please contact us at [email protected].

    The FAA is experiencing a high volume of requests for fixed sites. At this time, the FAA is reviewing requests based on available resources.

  6. Keep your drone within your line of sight, or within the visual line-of-sight of a visual observer who is co-located and in direct communication with you.
  7. Do NOT fly in airspace where flight is prohibited. Airspace restrictions can be found on our interactive map, and temporary flight restrictions can be found here. Drone operators are responsible for ensuring they comply with all airspace restrictions.
  8. Never fly near other aircraft, especially near airports.
  9. Never fly over groups of people, public events, or stadiums full of people.
  10. Never fly near emergencies such as any type of accident response, law enforcement activities, firefighting, or hurricane recovery efforts.
  11. Never fly under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Recreational flyers should know that if they intentionally violate any of these safety requirements, and/or operate in a careless and reckless manner, they could be liable for criminal and/or civil penalties.

The content below is just for reference and is subject to change without notice. Click the links and read the latest at the official sites.

You can also consider getting some drone pilot training by attending a drone school/flight class in your local area.

European Drone Laws

In June 2019 the European Union published new drone regulations, which will come into force in the coming years.

For the time being, drones will continue to be regulated under national legislation per country.

Drone operators should make themselves familiar with the new EU-wide regulations and in particular Regulation (EU) 947/2019, details of which can be found here.

Drone Laws around the world

Here are the links we could find per country:

CountryAOWAuthorityAuthority NameLink
ChinaAsiaCAACCivil Aviation Administration of Chinahttps://uas.caac.gov.cn/login
Hong KongAsiaCADCivil Aviation Departmenthttps://www.cad.gov.hk/english/Unmanned_Aircraft_Systems.html
JapanAsiaMLITMinistary of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.https://www.mlit.go.jp/
KoreaAsiaMOLITMinistary of Land, Infrastructure and Transporthttps://www.molit.go.kr/english/intro.do
MacaoAsiaCAACivil Aviation Authorityhttps://www.aacm.gov.mo/
SingaporeAsiaCAASCivil Aviation Authority of Singaporehttps://www.caas.gov.sg/
TaiwanAsiaCAACivil Aeronautics Administrationhttps://www.caa.gov.tw
ThailandAsiaCAATCivil Aviation Authority of Thailandhttps://www.caat.or.th/en/archives/category/aviation-en/drone-en
DenmarkEuropeTrafikDanish Transport, Construction and Housing Authorityhttps://www.trafikstyrelsen.dk/EN/Civil-aviation.aspx
FinlandEuropeTRAFICOMFinnish Transport and Communications Agencyhttps://www.traficom.fi/en/search?q=drone
FranceEuropeMEITMinistry of the Ecological and Inclusive Transitionhttps://www.ecologique-solidaire.gouv.fr/politiques/drones-aeronefs-telepilotes
GermanyEuropeBMVIFederal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructurehttps://www.bmvi.de/SharedDocs/EN/Documents/VerkehrUndMobilitaet/operation-drones-german-airspace.html
IcelandEuropeICETRAIcelandic Transport Authorityhttps://www.icetra.is/
IrelandEuropeIAAIrish Aviation Authorityhttps://www.iaa.ie/general-aviation/drones
ItalyEuropeENACNational Agency for Civil Aviationhttps://www.enac.gov.it/
LuxembourgEuropeDACDirectorate of Civil Aviationhttps://dac.public.lu/direction/drones/index.html
NetherlandsEuropeGOVGovernment of Netherlandshttps://www.government.nl/topics/drone
NorwayEuropeCAACivil Aviation Authority Norwayhttps://luftfartstilsynet.no/
PolandEuropeULCCivil Aviation Authorityhttps://www.ulc.gov.pl/en/search-results?searchword=drone
SwedenEuropeSTASwedish Transport Agency https://transportstyrelsen.se/en/aviation/
SwitzerlandEuropeFOCAFederal Office of Civil Aviation https://www.bazl.admin.ch/bazl/en/home/suche.html#drone
UKEuropeCAACivil Aviation Authorityhttps://www.caa.co.uk/search/?query=drone
CanadaNorth AmericaGCGovernment of Canadahttps://www.tc.gc.ca/en/services/aviation/publications/tp-15263.html
United StatesNorth AmericaFAAFederal Aviation Administrationhttps://www.faa.gov/uas/
AustraliaOceanaCASACivil Aviation Safety Authorityhttps://www.casa.gov.au/knowyourdrone
New ZealandOceanaGOVAviation Security Servicehttps://www.aviation.govt.nz/drones/

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