If you want to fly a drone in the Netherlands, you must be ready to abide by all the rules, including complying with the European regulations for drones.
Whether you want to use it to conduct research in places that are difficult to reach or for aerial photography, you will need a certain degree of approval.
The two main types of drones we are talking about here are the Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) and Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).
In the Netherlands, drones can be typically used for the following purposes: commercial or recreational purposes. Whatever your intentions are, you must abide by the rules for flying a drone in all the European Union Aviation Safety Agency member states.
The following are the EASA countries where these drone rules apply: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Romania, Sweden, Spain and Switzerland.
How to Register a Drone in Netherlands
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To fly a drone in the Netherlands, you must register it with the Netherlands Vehicle Authority. The only time a drone operator might not be required to register their drone is if the drone doesn’t have a camera and it weighs less than 250 grams.
Another type of drone that doesn’t require registration in the Netherlands is toy drones that have a CE marking for toys.
How do you register a drone before flying in the Netherlands? Reach out to the Netherlands Vehicle Authority for the drone operator registration number. This number must be displayed on (all) your drone(s) and should be visible on the drone.
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What Are the Three Categories of Drones?
There are basically 3 categories of drones: open, specific and certified. The category of drones you purchased will determine the type of permit or license you will need. How to classify each drone under the various categories is by looking at the flight risk of the drone.
Each category has specific rules. In a bit, let’s look at the general rules for flying a drone in the Netherlands, entire Europe and even the UK.
General Rules for Flying a Drone in the Netherlands and the UK as a Whole
After carefully researching, examining and interpreting the laws of drone usage in Europe, here are the most important rules to know for flying a drone in the Netherlands.
- Flying a drone is only allowed in airspace category G. This restricts flights in many areas of the Netherlands.
- Drones may not fly more than 120 meters (394 feet) above the ground or the water.
- Drone pilots must give priority to all other aircraft, such as airplanes, helicopters, gliders, etc. This means that you must land immediately once you see an aircraft approaching.
- Drones must fly at a safe distance from people and buildings.
- Drones must maintain a visual line of sight with their drone during operations.
- Drones may not be flown at night.