FAQ - Drones/RPAS

Frequently asked questions about drones/remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS).

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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 start a business to become an RPAS operator 1 (RO1)?

No, owning a business is not a requirement. As a private citizen declaration of RO1 is enough.

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.

How long is the theoretical valid?

The verification for passed exam has no expiration date. It is however important that approved RO2 and RO3 operators ensure that pilots connected to the organisat...

How much does the exam cost?

The fee for taking the exam is 1010 NOK as of June 2018. (Subject to change.)

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 in compliance with the requirements described in the category.

I am sending the operations manual to The Civil Aviation Authority, but the size of the electronic files exceeds the maximum size for email. Are there any other ways to send a copy of the documents?

Yes, we have other alternatives for such issues. Just get in touch with us and we will resolve the issue.

I want to fly a drone or a model airplane within 5 kilometers of an airport, whom do I contact?

You have to contact Air Traffic Management at the airport in question. You can also call the AIS/NOTAM office at Gardemoen (AIS = Aeronautical Information Service...

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 permits.

Is the height limit for where I am standing, steering the drone, or is it the drone itself?

The height limit is for the drone, measured from the ground or water.

Is there an English version of the drone regulations?

Yes, see the link below. Note that this is a courtesy, unofficial translation.

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 operat...