Flying Drones in Europe

Dreaming of capturing stunning aerial shots of European landscapes with your drone? 

There are several things to keep in mind when planning your drone trip in Europe.

Flying a drone in Europe differs significantly from the U.S., where a Part 107 certification holds weight.

 In Europe, it’s a whole new game, requiring adherence to their specific rules and regulations. Obtaining the right European certification is a must for legal and safe drone operation.

But how do you kick off the process? 

Unlike the US, Europe often distinguishes between recreational and commercial drone pilots. 

This means that for personal use, you might not need a full-scale commercial certification, providing some flexibility.

While the USA offers a free TRUST test, the European experience may involve fees. 

For example,a test in Ireland costs around 30 euros (roughly 35 US dollars).

For those eyeing commercial drone operations, additional training and certification could set you back between 150 to 300 euros.

EASA: Your Ultimate Resource

For a wealth of information on drone regulations and registration in Europe, turn to the European Union Safety Agency (EASA).  https://www.easa.europa.eu/en 

Their website is a valuable tool, offering country-specific details to help you navigate the diverse requirements of each European destination.

Overcoming Language Barriers

Navigating rules in non-English-speaking European countries can be tricky due to language barriers. 

An easy solution is to register your drone in Ireland, even if it’s not on your travel itinerary. 

Why Ireland? 

It provides drone tests and registration information in English, eliminating potential language challenges.

Drone Weight Restrictions

The weight of your drone holds significant importance in Europe, with categorization based on a 250-gram threshold. 

Drones under 250 grams face more lenient regulations, while heavier ones require additional compliance. 

No-Fly Zones and Other Restrictions

Major European cities often impose blanket no-fly zones.

Researching specific regulations and access points for each destination is crucial. 

Understanding where you can and cannot fly allows you to maximize photography opportunities, even in cities with strict restrictions.

Europe places unique altitude limitations for DJI drone users, capping altitudes at 120 meters. 

Unlike the U.S., where you can fly above 400 feet, European regulations limit altitude. 

Planning shots exceeding 120 meters? 

Consider taking off from elevated positions for that extra altitude boost.

Research is your best friend. 

 

Understanding the rules, regulations, and flight restrictions for your destination ensures a successful and compliant drone expedition. 

 

Know the rules, explore responsibly, and enjoy the skies across the Atlantic!