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Legally flying aound the world
#1
Dear all, as we are quite international bunch of people, i kindly ask you to provide what are the regulations in your country, making this a nice cheat sheet if you fly to other countries "to fly"...
goal is to have an easy way to check how to fly in each country (and not get fined).

if you have additional questions add them here Smile

first rule. Fly safe. think. asses.


as always no guarantee but at least you have checked Smile

[Poland]
  • Is flying RC models legal - Yes
  • Do i need a permit to fly - it depends on purpose, if you fly commercially (movies for money, maps etc) you need to get certified, if you fly for fun... it is not needed.
  • Can i fly everywhere? - NO, regular aerial space which can be found here http://www.amc.pansa.pl/?menu_lewe=mapy&...&lang=_eng <- click on elements of airspace current, as usual if you want to fly in area of CTR you need to connect with them using dedicated form --> long story short if it is not critical.. dont fly in CTR, and there is plenty of space to fly Smile
  • can i fly fpv? - officially NO as for beyond line of sight you should have a license, if you have a spotter you are good to go. <- this is rarley respected Smile you have been warned Smile
  • Try not to fly above 150 M
  • validate where are the no flight zones... and dont fly there
additional maps of airspace:
http://www.centrum-drony.pl/lotniska-i-ladowiska
https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?hl=...pX59f9O1xM

[Greece]
  • is flying RC models legal - Yes
  • Do i need a permit to fly - No
  • Can i fly everywhere - No, ie. "Acropolis'' is PROHIBITED  and particularly a circle of 700m radius centered on 375833N - 0234355E and below 5000ft ALT
  • can i fly fpv? is you stick to 2,4 and 5,8 you are good to go, other freq requires HAM license
  • do not fly above 400 FT, not closer than 3 KM from controlled airport

bunch of materials for other countries:
All the best
Grzesiek (Grisha/ Greg)

Curently flyable: Nox 5, Nox 3, Minimalist 112, Scrap
Bench / in progres: fixing
thinking about building: 450
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#2
For the UK, here is a good diagram explaining some of the RC model (drone) laws

   
Don't be a LOS'er, be a FPV'er :) -- My Fleet
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#3
Grisha, keep in mind, that "drone" laws in PL are currently changing. This is short comment on our government ordinance from yesterday:
http://www.swiatdronow.pl/ogloszono-tres...-ws-dronow
Author promised some wider explanation later.
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#4
Most of this is common sense, I always make sure I have a spotter.
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#5
Does anyone know about how it is in the Czech Republic?

I live here but I'm a foreigner and have a really hard time reading though the legislation with google translate.

Last I knew was that a licence was required only for drones over 30Kg but then recently read an article where someone mentioned that licences are required for all kinds of drones and that fines are pretty high.
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#6
Done forget about video transmission. In the USA we ave to have a HAM radio license to transmit at anything above 5mWs of power which will barely give you 30 feet (Or 10 meters). I know a lot of people do not follow this and d not have a license but the is technically illegal.
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#7
(Main) rules and regulation in Germany:

  • don't fly beyond LOS
  • FPV only if there is a spotter who is able to interfere thus he/she must be connected via trainer port! Just sitting beside is not permitted (though not really respected)
  • DON'T fly within 1,5 km of  an airport 
  • DON'T fly within non-flight zones (suchs as military facilities etc).
  • you have to have an insurance
  • AUW must be under 5kg (up to 25kg with licence)
  • DON'T fly over crowded places
  • transmitting power on 2,4ghz max. 10mw (analogue)/100mw (digital), 5,8ghz max. 25mw
  • don't fly above ~700m (although there are zones in which it is not allowed to fly that high)
Allowed frequencies (5725-5880 MHz):
  • Band F (without 5880 MHz)
  • Band B
  • Band A (without 5725 MHhz)
  • Raceband (without 5658, 5695, 5880, 5917 MHz)
Publishing videos of people (YT, Vimeo etc.) is not allowed!


All information is supplied without guarantee. Smile

(will be edited if I find anything else)




Useful link for non flightzones in Europe:  http://maps.openaip.net/ and https://droneable.openaip.net/
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#8
(08-25-2016, 09:18 PM)tozes Wrote: Does anyone know about how it is in the Czech Republic?

I live here but I'm a foreigner and have a really hard time reading though the legislation with google translate.

Last I knew was that a licence was required only for drones over 30Kg but then recently read an article where someone mentioned that licences are required for all kinds of drones and that fines are pretty high.

well, the regulations are complicated.

When the drone is under 0,91kg, you do not need any license, if you do not use it for commercial purposes. 
YOu have to maintain several distances (height below 100 m, 150 from dense inhabitated areas, 50m from nearest person, maintain distnace from clouds etc.)
Then, there are restricted areas (mainly nuclear poweprlants, aisports etc, those areas you can find on this map http://aisview.rlp.cz/
FPV is prohibited, unless you have a spotter, as well as is robotic (GPS guided) flight, unless there is a spotter.
If you have someone, who can translate you a bit, check this page http://www.droneweb.cz/legislativa-provo...drony-v-cr


On the other hand, i do not know about anybody, who was somehow checked/fined
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#9
For people in the U.S. -
The AMA has a special rule where we are exempt from part 107. This means AMA members do not need to get a remote pilot certificate which is expensive. The article is here - http://amablog.modelaircraft.org/amagov/...lying-fpv/
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(10-13-2016, 01:05 PM)Regiss Wrote: well, the regulations are complicated.

When the drone is under 0,91kg, you do not need any license, if you do not use it for commercial purposes. 
YOu have to maintain several distances (height below 100 m, 150 from dense inhabitated areas, 50m from nearest person, maintain distnace from clouds etc.)
Then, there are restricted areas (mainly nuclear poweprlants, aisports etc, those areas you can find on this map http://aisview.rlp.cz/
FPV is prohibited, unless you have a spotter, as well as is robotic (GPS guided) flight, unless there is a spotter.
If you have someone, who can translate you a bit, check this page http://www.droneweb.cz/legislativa-provo...drony-v-cr


On the other hand, i do not know about anybody, who was somehow checked/fined

Awesome, thanks a lot for sharing this information Regiss. I was able to gather some info but it's good to get it from an informed local.
I'm glad to find out that FPV with spotter is allowed because I actually thought it was strictly forbidden (not that it made any difference but still Big Grin)
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#11
Indonesia if someone needs:
http://hprplawyers.com/legal-provisions-...indonesia/
https://uavsystemsinternational.com/dron...rone-laws/
Drone use is allowed in Indonesia under specific conditions. You need a permit if you plan to fly over 150 meters (492 feet). If you do not plan to fly higher than 150 meters you do not require a permit but must follow the laws below. To get a permit please contact the Indonesia aviation authority using the contact information at the bottom of this page.
•Do not fly higher than 150 meters (492 feet) without a permit. Penalties are strict for breaking this law.
•Do not fly over people, crowds, or gatherings
•You must fly during daylight hours and only fly in good weather conditions
•Do not fly your drone near airports or in any area aircraft are operating
All the best
Grzesiek (Grisha/ Greg)

Curently flyable: Nox 5, Nox 3, Minimalist 112, Scrap
Bench / in progres: fixing
thinking about building: 450
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#12
Laws for New Zealand:
  • not operate an aircraft that is 25 kg or larger and always ensure that it is safe to operateat all times take all practicable steps to minimize hazards to persons, property and other aircraft (ie, don’t do anything hazardous)
  • fly only in daylight
  • be able to see the aircraft with your own eyes (eg, not through binoculars, a monitor, or smartphone) to ensure separation from other aircraft (or use an observer to do this in certain cases). If you cannot see it – it is not safe to fly
  • not fly your aircraft higher than 120 metres (400 feet) above ground level (unless certain conditions are met)
  • have knowledge of airspace restrictions that apply in the area you want to operate
  • not fly closer than four kilometres from any aerodrome (unless certain conditions are met)
  • when flying in controlled airspace, obtain an air traffic control clearance issued by Airways
  • not fly in special use airspace without the permission of the administering authority of the area (eg, military operating areas or restricted areas)
  • have consent from anyone you want to fly above
  • have the consent of the property owner or person in charge of the area you are wanting to fly above 
  • $5000-30,000 fines
  •  professional operators don't have to abide by all of these however
And they have lumped together all planes, drones, anything almost regardless of size under these rules. On top of that, all public parks, open spaces etc are illegal to fly at without first gaining explicit permission from the city council, and everyone in the park (and this could even be flying a 15g tiny drone). And fpv is slightly illegal as well... Almost every time someone flies fpv here in NZ they will be breaking some law...
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#13
Drone Law in South Africa...

The law here states that RPAS (Remote Piloted Aviation Systems) up to 5kg can be flown by hobbyists, (No minimum weight!) systems up to 25kg can be flown with an RPAS license. Pre-requisite to RPAS license is HAM or restricted radio operators license and English language proficiency. RPAS License costs around 30,000 ZAR (South African Rand, ((which is about $2,100)) not including cost of instructors drone rental, accommodation and aviation medical. The first week of RPAS license is the same as PPL (Private Pilots License) focusing on airspace safety and can be skipped by PPL holders and other licensed pilots.

The difference between drones, models and toys...
I had to do quite a bit of research to find out the answer to the question - 'what is a drone?'

And basically it comes down to - what do you use it for?
If you fly for financial gain, promotional or advertising, taking images or video to be sold or used as promotional material, your aviation system will be classified as a drone or RPAS and you require a license.

Hobbyist restrictions -

* Cannot fly over public highways
* Cannot fly within 50M of people
* Cannot fly until 15 mins after sunrise and flights must end 15 mins before sunset.
* Cannot fly at altitude greater than 150M.
* Cannot fly further or higher than closest obstacle
* Must maintain LOS
* Cannot fly within 10KM of ANY airfield even with permission from the owner of a private airfield!


* Cannot fly FPV at all!

 *Edit to add link to SA drone aerodrome map*



With an RPAS License you can fly after dark, within 50m of people and within 10KM of airfield but flight plans need to be logged and air traffic control must be made aware of flight plans and the aircraft is required to have license numbers clearly displayed.

Loopholes!

So as there is no minimum weight for RPAS even tinywhoops could be classified as a drone and subject to the restrictions thereof...
However the law states that there is no restriction on toys, so as long as your drone has safety info stating 'Not for use by children under 14 years of age' one can argue that it has been specifically designed as a children's toy...

If anyone has any questions regarding flying drones in SA don't hesitate to ask, My information was confirmed by a lecturer of post grad students studying aviation law and he was one of the 1st people in the country to be registered as an RPAS license instructor, and I have his number!
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