Drone regulations for hobby use

Drones are a fun hobby! But regardless of whether you want to start flying in your or in another country, you have to know about the regulations. Because many countries have already set drone regulations and its important to be informed about the rules.

Furthermore, I ask you to follow these rules. Because if many people do not, the laws will get tougher. So, in the end, everyone would suffer.

I’m trying to add as many countries as possible to this post. These are already included:

Germany, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, USA. The countries are sorted alphabetically, so scroll down to yours.

Important: These drone regulations are for hobby use only! The laws differ between private and commercial use.

Germany

  • General rules
    • Drone insurance: required
    • Maximum height: 100m
    • Maximum distance: line of sight
    • Flying at night is not allowed
  • Ban zones
    • Do not fly closer than 1,5km to airports.
    • Drones are prohibited in national parks.
    • Crowds of people, roads, railways, and rivers
    • Industrial plants
    • Prisons
    • Hospitals
    • Power generations and distribution plants
    • Embassies, federal and regional authority constructions
    • Private property
    • Drones are prohibited in national parks.
  • FPV drones
    • Maximum height: 30m
    • > 250g: A spotter must be present in the flight.
  • Weight limits
    • < 250g: No further regulations.
    • > 250g: A fireproof plate with name, address, and telephone number must be mounted on the drone.
    • > 2kg: A license is needed.
    • > 5kg: A takeoff permission is needed before every flight.

Italy

  • General rules
    • Drone insurance: required
    • Maximum height: 70m
    • Maximum distance: Line of sight
    • You are not allowed to fly at night
  • Ban zones
    • Federal and regional authority constructions
    • Airport control zones
    • Industrial areas
    • Hospitals
    • Police/military operations
    • Private property
    • Crowds of people
  • Weight limits
    • < 25kg: No further rules
    • > 25kg: You need a special permission to fly

Norway

  • General rules
    • A duty to insure your drone is not required, but its always recommended.
    • Maximum altitude: 120m
    • Maximum distance: Line of sight
    • Flying at night is prohibited.
    • You have to keep a distance of 5km to airports.
  • Ban zones
    • You have to keep a distance of 5km to airports.
    • You must keep a distance of 150m from buildings, crowds of people, roads, and traffic.
    • You have to keep a distance of 1km of the Oslo Castle.
  • FPV drones
    • Your drone must remain within line of sight.
  • Weight limits
    • There are no weight limits for private drones.

Spain

  • General rules
    • Maximum altitude: 120m
    • Maximum distance: Line of sight.
    • Insurance isn’t required. But its recommended.
  • Ban zones
    • Always keep a distance of at least 150m to people and roads.
    • Flying over crowds of people, buildings, and private property is prohibited.
    • You have to keep a distance of at least 8km to airports.
    • Flying in national parks is prohibited.
  • FPV drones
    • The drone must remain within line of sight
    • A spotter is required.
  • Weight limits
    • < 250g and <20m height: Flights over buildings and people are allowed.
    • < 2kg and < 50m height: Flying at night is allowed.
    • > 2kg: A permission for takeoff is required.

Sweden

  • General rules
    • Maximum altitude: 120m
    • Maximum distance: Line of sight.
    • You have to keep a distance of 5km to airports.
    • Flying at night is allowed, but the drone has to be equipped with lighting.
  • Ban zones
    • Always fly so that no objects, people, or animals are endangered.
  • FPV drones
    • The drone must stay within line of sight.
  • Weight limits
    • > 7kg: You need a permission to fly
    • < 20kg: A drone insurance isn’t required.

USA

  • General rules
    • Maximum height: 400ft (≈121m)
    • Maximum distance: Line of sight.
    • You must fly in class G airspace.
    • You must fly within line of sight.
    • Flying at night is prohibited.
  • Ban zones
    • You must fly at a distance of a minimum of 5 miles (≈ 8km) to airports.
    • It is not allowed to fly in Washington and New York City.
    • Don’t fly near stadiums, public events, crowds, and emergency operations
  • FPV drones
    • A spotter is required and the drone must stay in line of sight.

Please note that I can not guarantee that every rule listed in this post is correct, because the regulations may change in the future. It’s always a good idea to contact the authority of the country you want to fly in.

Don’t hesitate to write a comment down below if you have any further questions or you think any regulations are missing in this post!

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