Estonian Drone Regulations

 

Estonian Drone Regulations – Updated as of 7/13/2015

Estonian Drone Regulations

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The government of Estonia updated us on the latest Estonian drone regulations

For operating the unmanned aircraft (drone) in Estonia you need the special permit from Estonian Civil Aviation Administration in some areas. A state fee (32€) must be paid for the review of an application for a special permit.

You need the permit if you operate drone:

  1. in uncontrolled airspace (flight information zone of an aerodrome excluded) at the altitude higher than 500 ft (150m) from the ground or
  2. in the controlled airspace, flight information zone of an aerodrome and in the prohibited areas, restricted areas, temporary segregated areas, temporary reserved areas, parachute descent areas, powered paraglider areas and areas with sensitive fauna published in the part ENR 5 and the supplements of the Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP) or established by NOTAM

The special permit aplication must contain the following data:

  • data concerning  applicant (name, personal indentification (ID) code/registration code, address, phone number, e-mail).

We are  issuing permits not longer than for year, but each flight must be coordinated with  a aviation authority when flying in those airspaces a permit covers. And before flying the drone the flight must be coordinated and allowed by air traffic controller or flight information service officer.

 

And the flight coordination application must be submitted to the authority:

  • 3 working days before flight if you operate the drone below 500ft (150m) (point 1)
  • 7 working days before flight if you operate the flight above 500ft (150m) (point 2)

The coordination application must contain the following data:

  • the area of the operation – the co-ordinates of the area in the format of degree, minute, second or the co-ordinates of the central point with the range/radius.
  • maximum altitude from the ground;
  • period of operation (date, time of the start and end of the operation;
  • emergency plan for ensuring safety in case the aircraft would lose controllability;
  • phone number of the operator of the RPAS for urget operational contact;
  • data concerning  applicant (name, personal indentification (ID) code/registration code, address, phone number, e-mail).

We will keep this updated as Estonian drone regulations evolve over time.

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