The common European rules on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“UAS”, commonly referred to as “drones”) are enforceable in all EU Member States as of 31 December 2020 and all drone pilots, operators and manufacturers must ensure that they comply with their provisions. The EU Regulations set out the framework, rules and procedures for the operation and manufacturing of drones.
If you are a drone pilot and owner, irrespective whether you operate a drone for commercial or leisure purposes, you need to undertake an online exam and obtain the Remote Pilot Certificate, register yourself as a drone operator and register your drone with the Civil Aviation Authority.
There are three categories of drone operations with different safety requirements, proportionate to the risk involved (Open, Specific or Certified). Depending on the category within which each drone operation falls there are different obligations with regards the need to obtain prior authorisation by the Civil Aviation Authority and any additional training that may be required.
If, on the other hand, you are a drone manufacturer, you must ensure that the drones are designed and manufactured in compliance with the requirements set out in the EU Regulations.
Violation of the Regulations constitutes an offence and offenders will be liable to penalties.
Six rules of air that all drone pilots and operators should be aware of when operating a drone include:
If you would like to find out more about registering as a drone pilot and/or manufacturer or would like to discuss your specific needs, you can contact us at: