Frequently asked questions about drones

Here you will find answers to frequently asked questions about drones/remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS). The phrases «drone», «RPAS» (Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems) and «unmanned aircraft» are often used as synonyms to eachother.

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Will I receive a certificate of authorization for RO1?

Will I receive a certificate of authorization for RO1? No certificate of authorization is issued for RO1 since operators only declare their operations. Lists with an overview of operators are

Can an RO3 operator use equipment that falls under RO1 or RO2?

Yes, an operator with a permit for a «higher» category can operate in lower categories as long as this is described in the operations manual.

Do I have to take an exam to be able to fly a drone?

If you are going to fly as an aircraft manager or pilot, in categories RO2 or RO3, you have to pass an exam.

What does it mean to fly under the auspices of a model airplane club?

What does it mean to fly under the auspices of a model airplane club? There are no specific requirements. It is up to the individual clubs that offer membership.

Can I fly a model airplane during the night?

Can I fly a model airplane during the night? You can fly during the night if you are flying under the auspices of a model airplane club.

Will I receive a certificate after I pass the theoretical exam?

No, you won’t receive a separate certificate, but you will receive verification that you have passed or not. The documentation for passed theoretical exam must be included in the handbook if you

Do I need insurance to fly model airplanes?

Do I need insurance to fly model airplanes? No, there are no statutory requirements for flying model airplanes, but you are still responsible for loss or damage as a result of flying a model

What are the requirements for taking the exam?

You have to show valid ID, pay the fee, and provide your personal ID number or D number to take the exam. You do not have to be associated with an approved operator (RO) to take the exam. (RO =

I want to transport goods with RPAS. Is this possible?

I want to transport goods with RPAS. Is this possible? Yes, this is possible. You have to prepare a plan and describe this in the operations manual. Transportation of goods requires special

I am going to be operating in the RO1 category. Do I have to report to The Civil Aviation Authority before each assignment?

I am going to be operating in the RO1 category. Do I have to report to The Civil Aviation Authority before each assignment? No, you do not have to report every assignment as long as you operate

What is the age limit to fly drones?

What is the age limit to fly drones? No age limit has been established for flying drones in the categories RO1, RO2, or RO3 for pilots or aircraft managers. However, the age limit for operation

I want to transport goods with RPAS. Is this possible?

I want to transport goods with RPAS. Is this possible? Yes, this is possible. You have to prepare a plan and describe this in the operations manual. Transportation of goods requires special

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