From April 1, 2017, an update of the Air Traffic Regulations (LuftVO) will apply with regard to model aircraft, quadrocopters, octocopters, Drones in general and their obligation to label them by means of drone labels. What these "license plates for drones" are all about, what changes are still there, where you can get a drone license plate and a few more things I would like to bring you closer in this article.
Chapter in this post:
- 1 drone license plate for the drone from April 2017 mandatory!
- 2 Flying drones weighing over 250 grams from April: not without a name tag
- 3 Further changes and regulations for unmanned flying objects
- 4 Overview of “Rules for the Operation of Drones” by Minister Dobrindt
- 5 Update March 24.03.2017th, XNUMX: New information on the LuftVO
- 6 Similar posts
Drones license plates are mandatory for the drone from April 2017!
So now it comes, the labeling requirement for the drone. Other planes or model planes that are brought into the air must also be marked with a license plate. The drone must therefore be able to be assigned to the owner. Incidentally, the new regulation will apply to all models weighing 250 grams or more. The name and contact details, i.e. at least the address of the user, must be noted on the drone license plate. Ideally, a phone number for acute cases. You can already buy drone license plates at various points of contact; among others at Amazon.
Fly drones over 250 grams from April: not without a name tag
So if you want to fly your drone from April 2017, you should order a license plate in March and have it made. Weigh your drone less than 250 grams, then of course you are fine and do not have to invest in a license plate. Such a badge is also not bad for the mini-fliers, just in case it gets lost ... You can order a drone badge with your name and address engraved directly from Amazon. One reviewer for the following product wrote: "I ordered this address label to mark my Phantom 4 Pro - it fits perfectly into the battery compartment and the adhesive strip sticks perfectly."
- Address label including adhesive strips - high quality laser engraving
- Weather resistant, UV resistant, abrasion resistant, salt water resistant
- Anodized aluminum - size: 40x10 mm (material thickness: 0,51mm)
Further changes and regulations for unmanned flying objects
When March comes to an end, more new rules will apply to drones. Some of them are actually quite positive in nature. Here is a little summary:
- Drones weighing less than 5 kg do not need an ascent permit nationwide, both privately and commercially
- Flying over properties is forbidden, which is particularly difficult for commercial drone photographers
- In order to fly over properties, permission must now be obtained from the owner
- For ascent or flying from Drones weighing 2 kg or more Proof of knowledge is required
Overview of "Rules for the operation of drones" by Minister Dobrindt
According to the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Federal Minister Alexander Dobrindt has presented an “ordinance regulating the operation of unmanned aerial vehicles”. It also has a point about using video goggles when flying drones: "Flights using video goggles are permitted if they take place up to a height of 30 meters and the device is not heavier than 0,25 kg or another person is constantly watching it in sight and is able to draw the driver's attention to dangers . This counts as operation within sight of the driver.“- the entire pamphlet you can find here.
Update March 24.03.2017th, XNUMX: New information about the LuftVO
Today I spoke again on the phone with a colleague who is also a commercial drone pilot. He had some new information, which I would like to briefly summarize here:
- April 1st is not the deadlineon which the ordinance comes into force. The cabinet only said that they would vote on it in April and the day after the vote the regulation will be in effect. When the vote will take place has not yet been determined, but it is set to happen in April 2017.
- The ban on flying over land currently only applies to residential areas. This means that you can fly over properties in commercial areas - just like over parcels of land, pasture or arable land in nature. Sports fields and similar areas can probably also be used when they are free. The background to this point is data and privacy protection, which should be taken care of. Nobody here seems to have considered that you can also "spy" on your neighbors from your own property by tilting the camera. ;-)
- Furthermore, there is a ban on overflights for highways (expressways, federal highways and motorways) as well as waterways (rivers that are open to shipping) and railways. Lakes and rivers closed to shipping seem to be excluded. Likewise, apparently smaller roads in town or country roads are cleared for overflights.
Since the drone ordinance has not yet been decided on at the moment, all information here is initially without guarantee and only to the best of our knowledge and belief. ;) In the course of April 2017, the final version will emerge.
At this point I would like to briefly mention one DFS leaflet for drone pilots Clues. It summarizes in simple words what you should pay attention to and what you should do before starting for the first time. I think it sums up important points very well without going into legal details.
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