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If you like drones and fly/operate one, for pleasure or business, dronerules.eu informs you about the basic requirements and applicable drone- related laws and regulations across the EU, Norway and Switzerland to save you, or your business, from trouble or – worse – legal claims. Our dedicated videos and documents, e.g. drone code of conduct, national summaries or handbooks, aim at raising your awareness and helping you – professional and recreational users alike – to fly safely but also legally and responsibly.

As a professional drone user, you must know that the use of drones in connection with a business activity is allowed in many European countries, but under very strict conditions. In most countries you will need different authorisations/licenses from your National Aviation Authority before you can start any operation. In addition, privacy and data protection may also play an important role and you need to comply with the related European and national rules. It is therefore your responsibility to inform yourself about the local rules that will apply to your drone activities.

Currently, national drone legislations distinguish between recreational and professional use of drones. Recreational use is limited to sport and leisure activities like drone races or private photography. The sale of pictures recorded by a drone is reserved for professional drone users only. The use of drones for recreational purposes is allowed in most of European countries without specific authorisation from aviation authorities. However, just because it is allowed does not mean that you can fly your drone without any restrictions.
There are few but essential rules that you need to understand and follow. In many Member States, drones are sold with a leaflet summarising the main rules to follow. Red it carefully! While a common regulatory aviation framework is currently under development at European level, you should be aware that applicable rules and regulations are – as of today – different from country to country.

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UAVs, otherwise known as unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, open up a very wide range of safety and legal issues that modern governments have not previously had to face. By placing the means of flight into the hands of virtually anyone, large numbers of safety, legal and privacy issues are opened up.

In the European Union, the SESAR Roadmap for 2020 (SESAR stands for Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research Programme) will oversee some of these areas. Other international organisations, such as the United States’ Federal Aviation Administration and the United Kingdom’s Civil Aviation Authority are also investigating this arena.

From a legal standpoint, there are many new issues that are raised by the use of drones and whilst coordination or harmonisation of the coming rules may not be strictly necessary, it would make a great deal of sense for international drone laws to be standardised. All information can be found at the website Dronerules.eu.

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