Drone legislation and rules

As a private individual or operator you will fly in the open category as standard. We explain the most important rules for flying in this blog.

Vertical height

You can fly up to 120 metres.

VLOS

Always keep your drone in sight. There is no maximum horizontal distance as long as you can see it.

Keep your distance from people

Do not fly above people and crowds. If this happens, move away immediately and safely. Except your flight crew, everyone is considered as uninvolved persons.

Subcategories

Depending on the weight of your drone you will fly in one of the subcategories (A1, A2 or A3). This includes additional restrictions on keeping your distance.

No-fly zones

You are not allowed to fly in no-fly zones (like CTR, ATZ, P / R / D, TSA, TRA, TGB). Use information from the national aviation authority to plan your flight. You can check NOTAM messages for temporary restrictions that are not displayed in national guides (e-AIP), ICAO charts or local flight apps.

Recap

It's really easy to comply with the requirements:

  • Keep your drone below 120 metres
  • Keep your drone in visual line of sight
  • Don't fly above uninvolved persons and crowds
  • Don't fly in restricted areas
  • Prepare your flight by checking local information

2 comments

Sem

Sem

Hi Jeff, this undesired situation seems to continue without a clear deadline. We will inform you and our visitors on our blog if there is any news.

Jeff

Jeff

And at what point will the open category be finalized, so that the likes of DJI can start supplying drones with the C0, C1, C2, C3 . Dji currently say EASA hasnt finished finalizing the specs. Due to this, a lot of customers for instance wont buy the DJI Air 2S which currently would have to fly A2 then be relegated DEc 31st 2022 to A3. When it can easily be sorted for the C1 category.

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