For countries of the European Union you can take the A1-A3 certificate for flying drones from 250 grams and the A2 certificate for flying drones in residential areas. We provide the online courses and exams you need to finish.
Flying with drones in Europe is a great experience. From the Mediterranean and the Alps to the cities, forests and fjords of Scandinavia. It is important that you know what you need to arrange to fly safely and legally. This differs between the EU, UK and other countries on the continent.
As a certified flight school we receive many questions every day about flying in Europe and we are happy to say that we can answer (a lot of) them. You can consider us as your gateway for European drone operations. On this page we try to introduce you to the arrangements you need to make before taking-off.
For Switzerland (even Norway and Iceland) you can take the A1-A3 certificate for flying drones from 250 grams and the A2 certificate for flying drones in residential areas. We provide the online courses and exams you need to finish.
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The UK is not part of the EU, due to Brexit. For flying in the UK you need seperate certificates, approved by UK-CAA. If you have another destination in mind, this might be a country that is not part of the EU nor member state of EASA. Please check below.
In the European Union you can operate your unmanned aircraft under the same rules in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. These countries are also member of EASA, the European Aviation Safety Agency. The EU countries issue EASA pilot certificates, valid in all EU countries.
Switzerland, Norway and Iceland are not part of the European Union, but they are participating in EASA as official member states. EASA pilot certificates issued in EU countries are also valid in these three countries and vice versa. Sharing the same flight rules doesn't mean that flying in any country is always the same thing. Every country has its own no-fly zones. For instance, in France and Germany it concerns towns and villages. Night flights are prohibited in the Netherlands.
For flying in the open category in the UK, EU and EASA member states: a maximum flight altitude of 120 metres, always flying visual line of sight and keep the drone away from no-fly zones and not-involved persons.
The open category is for drone flights with the lowest risk profile. If you want to perform an operation that exceeds the limits of the open category then you automatically proceed to the specific category.
You need to pass an online theory exam for the General VLOS certificate. There is also a practical exam involved for the pilot, conducted by our partner Airborne Platforms UK. You will receive an operational manual that's approved by CAA-UK.
You need to pass an online theory and practical exam as well. Drone Class is your certified flight school. Your company or organization needs also an authorization, which you can apply for in the Netherlands. Additional costs are involved and it takes on average 6-9 months to complete this. With this authorization you are able to fly in all EASA member states.