Drone regulations in Azerbaijan
The regulations for drone pilots in Azerbaijan are extensive.
In Azerbaijan, unmanned flight systems should have the same safety standards as manned flying objects. The regulations mentioned here are for commercial drone pilots. I have not found the rules for private drone pilots yet.
It should be noted that there are several reports from readers that drones were seized by customs officials at the airport saying a permit was necessary. We unfortunately haven’t been able to determine how to get such a permit.
Overview: Drone rules in Azerbaijan
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Further regulations for drone pilots in Azerbaijan
In principle, multicopters should always be within line of 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 a detect and avoid system for such flights in order to avoid collisions in the air. The normal FPV equipment is not recognized as such.
Currently, three groups of copters are listed in Azerbaijan and 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 starting mass
There is a registration requirement for the categories Light UAS and UAS with the State Civil Aviation Administration of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SCAA).
Private drones only have to be insured starting at a take-off weight of 20 kilograms. However, all commercial users are obligated to have liability insurance. We have collected more information about drone insurance here.
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.
Drones shall not approach cities and settlements closer than 150 meters. A distance of 50 meters must be kept to persons, vehicles and other structures which are not involved in the flight. This distance may be reduced to 30 meters during take-off and landing.
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!