EU: New rules for drones, including registration for hobbyists

The European Commission has produced new rules for the operation of drones in the EU, including those used by both professionals and hobbyists.

The new rules were supposed to have been implemented in July, but that was postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic. As it is, one section of the new rules has yet to be finalised.

The legislation splits drones into three types: open, specific and certified.

The ‘open’ category includes drones used by professionals and amateurs that present a low level of risk. Conditions for entry in this category include a weight maximum of 25kg, a flight that does not take place above a gathering of people, and a maximum flying height of 120m and within visible range.

The ‘specific’ category involves flights with a higher level of risk, out of visible range or above a gathering of people. Flights of this category require a permit from the directorate-general for aviation at the federal mobility ministry.

Read more: https://www.brusselstimes.com/news/eu-affairs/141272/new-rules-for-drones-including-registration-for-hobbyists-eu-open-specific-certified-dg-aviation-airfields-airports-prisons-protected-nature-privacy-safety/

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