Remember to check applicable airspace restrictions before each flight
Are you a member of a model aircraft club? See this page for guidance on flying your drone in the context of club activities.
See this page for the instructions and rules governing the professional use of drones, including photography and videography.
Are you organising an event that requires restrictions on flying drones? Find out how to apply for flight restrictions on this page.
Register as a drone pilot and take the test
Each drone pilot must register as a drone operator and take the test.
All drone pilots are different, which is precisely why we need common rules
The regulation to harmonise drone operation throughout the EU entered into force on 31 December 2020. According to the regulation, those using drones with a mass exceeding 250 g or drones equipped with a camera must register as a drone operator, familiarise themselves with drone operation and in most cases pass an examination. Operating in the ‘open’ category does not, however, require a separate operational authorisation.
How to apply for an operational authorisation for the specific category
When planning a drone operation, you should always consider whether the operation could be adapted so that you could operate in accordance with the rules set for the ‘open’ category. If this is not possible, the operation is subject to authorisation regardless of whether the operation falls under hobby, private or commercial activities.