In this article, we show you the current rules for using drones in China.
In China, the flying of a drone is permitted. In large metropolises or near government buildings or in politically troubled areas, I would be particularly cautious and relinquish the one or the other aerial photograph.
Maximum flight altitude:In China, you are not allowed to fly higher than 120 meters (= 400 feet).
Maximum horizontal distance and FPV:Your drone can fly up to 500 meters away from you in China.
Maximum take-off weight (MTOW): If you want to fly a drone with a take-off mass of more than 250 Gramm, you must register your UAV (online registration). As far as I know, drones may be operated up to a weight of 7 kilograms in China. An authorization from the CAAC is required for unauthorized flight systems with a higher take-off weight.
Distance to airports:No data available at the moment.
Other safe distances:No data available at the moment.
Flight bans:Beijing is in a no-fly zone: within the 6th Ring Road, multicopters are not allowed to climb.
Flight approval: No data available at the moment.
Time of operations: No data available at the moment.
Regulations for commercial pilots:For commercial copter operations, a permit from the CAAC is necessary.
Good to know: Readers of our blog had the problem that a no-fly zone was set up along the Great Wall and their Copter could not take off. So do not be disappointed if a flight does not work as planned at well-known sights.
We have researched the listed drone regulations for China 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 Chinese 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 China!
Who wrote this?
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!