Rules and regulations
When flying an aircraft, and yes your UAV is an aircraft, you have to comply with rules and regulations. For information on how to fly safe and legal, check out http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.
No matter how limiting these rules and regulations can be, Videocopter Services follows them. Which means that at this point Videocopter Services is 'grounded' in the Netherlands, because we do not have the right permits allowing us to do paid flights in Holland. As soon as the ROC-Light legislation is up and running by July 1st 2016) we will follow the obligatory courses to comply with rules and regulations and only then will we be able to preform aerial photo- and videographic assignments for our customers.
Image above: this is a clear example of where your drone should NOT fly!!
Artist Impression, Image courtesy of Mariska Wildeman
Aside from commercial missions, hobby flights with drones, UAV's or UAS' in The Netherlands are allowed BUT have to follow these rules (as regulated in the Model-Flying Regulations (Regeling Modelvliegen)) at all times:
- visual line of sight (VLOS flights).
- during daylight.
- not above build areas.
- not above people.
- not above roads (30 and 60 km roads excepted), railways, harbours or industrial areas.
- maximum altitude of 120 m above ground level, and only in aerospace class G.
- no closer than 3 km from any airport (map of Controlled Aerospace in The Netherlands:
and click on 'Short Surveys')
No matter what country you live in, our strong advise to simply ALWAYS abide by the mentioned basic rules and at the same time check your own local rules and regulations!!
Aviation knows one simple rule: SAFETY FIRST!!!
ALWAYS stay well away from airports and manned aviation sites at all times. Do NOT interfere with manned aviation ever!!
Image courtesy of Mariska Wildeman