FAQ - Drones/RPAS

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

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Where do I find a list of airports?

See the link below. These are aerodromes (airports/airfields) that you as a drone operator cannot fly closer to than 5 kilometers, except when a special permission is granted.

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

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.

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 are

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 =

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 organisation receive necessary training to

How much does the exam cost?

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

Is there an English version of the drone regulations?

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

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

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.