Drone regulations in Azerbaijan

The regulations are pervasive for drone pilots in Azerbaijan. We clarify which rules apply.

In Azerbaijan, unmanned flight systems have the same safety standards as manned flying objects in principle. The regulations set out here are determined for commercial drone pilots. I have not found the editions for private users yet.

Maximum flight altitude: Drones can climb up to a maximum height of 120 meters (= 400 feet) in Azerbaijan.

Maximum horizontal distance and FPV: In principle, Multicopters should always be in sight of the pilot during the flight, but the maximum permitted distance is 500 meters (= 1700 feet). Flights outside these limits are possible. However, your drone requires such maneuvers a Detect and Avoid system to avoid collisions in the air. The classic FPV equipment is not recognized as such.

Compulsory insurance: Private drones only have to be insured from a take-off weight of 20 kilograms. However, the obligation to conclude an aviation liability insurance exists for all commercial users. We have collected more information about drone insurances here.

Maximum take-off weight (MTOW): Currently, three groups of copters are listed in Azerbaijan, which is classified as follows:

  • Small Unmanned Aircraft up to 20 kilograms
  • Light UAS with more than 20 kilograms and less than 150 kilograms
  • UAS with more than 150 kilograms of starting mass

There is a registration requirement for the categories Light UAS and UAS at the State Civil Aviation Administration of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SCAA).

Distance to airports: No information found.

Other safe distances: Drones shall not approach cities and settlements closer than 150 meters. A distance of 50 meters must be considered to persons, vehicles and other structures which are not involved in the flight. This distance may be reduced to 30 meters during the take-off and landing.

Regulations for commercial pilots: Commercial pilots require an operating permit in each weight class. You also have to prove your qualifications as a pilot. Currently, there are no special licenses, so a breakdown of your experiences should be sufficient.

Helpful links: SCAA

We have researched the listed drone regulations for Azerbaijan to the best of our knowledge. We can not guarantee the correctness of the information. If you want to be on the safe side, please contact the competent aviation authority. Alternatively, you can also ask the embassy in your country for further information about the regulations. Please leave us a comment when you receive news and / or gain experience with your copter in Azerbaijan!

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About the author

Since January 2015, we travel around the world. In our backpack we carry a camera drone which we use to capture the best places from a bird’s perspective. First we travelled with a DJI Phantom 2. But now we use a Yuneec Typhoon H. On our blog we share the best tips for you about travelling with a copter. If you have questions about this article or new information, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment!

Discussions

  • Patrice | 26.04.2018

    thanks for the info, Francis. Can you confirm that it is OK to go through AZ customs and immigration with a quadrocopter in one’s suitcase? I mean, no specific declaration in advance, certificate of non-military character, etc. What I’m planning to take along is a standard DJI Mavic Pro or equivalent, a small private drone

    • Francis Markert | 29.06.2018

      Hello Patrice,
      I cannot guarantee anything, but I guess it is okay to bring your gadgets to the country.

    • Muhammad Abbas | 17.07.2018

      When are you planning to go ? I am planning to visit in August and still confused if I should take my Phantom pro with me or not . I can not get a clear option for any official site.

    • Rufat | 23.07.2018

      Hi Partice! Could you please let me know if you trued?

  • Milan | 14.09.2018

    Hi fransis, are you here in Baku? i wanna meet dronist here and i jeed some tipps hot to make this.

    • Francis Markert | 26.10.2018

      Hi Milan,
      No, I am sorry. I am not in Baku.

  • Ahmed | 13.10.2018

    I travelled on 12 oct 2018 at Baku airport and they kept my drone on hold at the airport, told me it’s not allowed.:(

    • John | 21.10.2018

      Sh*t, sorry for your drone 🙁

      But thanks a lot for your coment, you probably saved my drone, I was going to bring my Spark with me in Baku as some people seems to have been able to bring DJI drones there and put some videos on Youtube….. and I made some research, even their “Civil Aviation Agency” doesn’t have any infos (what a shame)…. 🙁

    • Hamza Mujtaba | 23.02.2019

      Was the drone returned to you on your departure from Baku?

      • Saad | 25.02.2019

        Yes

  • Simon | 06.12.2018

    you cant take drones to baku, you might accidentally see what’s happening behind high concrete walls in wealthy people’s homes.

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