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Being a travel blogger it is always comes into the mind to shoot the location from the Drone Perspective, But flying Drones in Europe is not a easy task.

Unless you want to fly illegally then you have no problem to be worried about. In this post we will be sharing all the information you need about flying drones in Europe. It is the first post in our series of Drone related post.

The page describes where you can use your drone pilot license, the duration of your registration as a drone operator, and what to keep in mind when traveling within and outside of Europe. Additionally, if you are a drone visitor from outside of Europe, you might find this fascinating.

Flying drones in Europe The Complete Guide

Flying drones in Europe The Complete Guide
Flying drones in Europe The Complete Guide

Flying drones in Europe The Complete Guide

Flying drones in Europe The Complete Guide

One drone operator registration for all EASA Member States 

Once in your home nation or primary place of business, you must register as a drone operator. You will be given a special drone operator registration ID that can be used on your drone(s) in all EASA Member States.

You only need to make sure that your operator registration ID, issued in your country of residence or place of work, is clearly visible on your drone(s) if you are transporting them to another EASA Member State.

Flying drones in Europe The Complete Guide

Drone pilot certificate validity across EASA Member States

All drone pilot certificates granted by any EASA Member State will be accepted in all other EASA Member State nations under the new European Drone Regulation. Pilot certificates are not issued by EASA itself.

Therefore, if you obtained a remote pilot competency certificate in one EASA Member State, took the required online training, and passed the drone pilot exam, you are authorized to fly a drone in any other EASA Member State.

Flying drones in Europe The Complete Guide

Travelling outside Europe with your drone 

You must abide by local drone operating and flying laws if you take your drone anyplace outside of the EASA Member States.

The majority of the general aspects (registration, ID number, pilot training and exam, pilot certificate, where to fly or not to fly, etc.) will be conceptually very similar to those in place in EASA Member States in countries with well-regulated drone systems.

However, national aviation authorities in EASA Member States do not immediately recognize drone operators IDs and pilot certifications in non-EASA Member States.

To find out what to do, get in touch with the aviation authorities of the states you intend to visit. Like when I was planning to visit to Montenegro I had to check and follow some different drone rules there because of the trip.

Flying drones in Europe The Complete Guide

Non-EU residents visiting Europe 

You must register as a drone operator with the National Aviation Authority of the first EASA state you intend to operate from if you are a resident of a non-EASA Member State and intend to travel to and use a drone in an EASA Member State.

This is valid once you have registered in the host EASA Member State and throughout the other EASA Member States. No further registration with another EASA Member State is required.

Additionally, you must complete training, pass an online exam for a drone pilot’s license, and obtain a European certificate in any EASA Member State. The training and test are offered in English by some National Aviation Authorities.
Of course, you also have to abide by European Drone Laws.

To prepare for your trip, please take time to review all information on drones published on EASA Pro and check the list of EASA Member States’ ‘Drones – National Aviation Authorities’.

General Rules for Flying a Drone in the European Union

Under the new regulations, there are three operational categories that determine drone regulations based on the weight of the drone and the intended operation.

Open Category

A drone can be operated in the “Open “category if:

  • One of the class identification labels for the drone is 0, 1, 2, 3, or 4.
  • The drone was purchased prior to January 1, 2023, and it lacks the aforementioned class identification label.
  • The maximum takeoff mass of the drone is less than 25 kg (55 lbs).
  • The drone is kept safely away from people by the remote pilot.
  • Unless the drone carries a class identification label or weighs less than 250 g, it cannot be flown directly over humans (0.55 lbs). (To learn where you can fly your drone, please see the subcategories of operations: A1, A2, and A3)
  • A UA observer will aid the remote pilot if necessary to preserve visual line of sight (VLOS).
  • The remote pilot won’t fly the drone higher than 120 meters (400ft).
  • The drone won’t drop any materials or transport any hazardous cargo.

Flying drones in Europe The Complete Guide

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Taking Insurance for your trip is the upmost importance, I usually get my Insurance from World Nomad or Safety Wings you might wanna check them for your future trips.

If you are travelling and your don’t know what to pack then our Packing List would come out handy for you, Last Minute Packing is especially for the last minute occation but there are some detail packing list as well like The Ultimate Packing List and one post specially for Europe Europe Packing List

Wondering whether you need Visa for your travel then check here if you need visa for Europe or checkout the new rule for Travel To Europe

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