Drone regulations in China

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.

Compulsory insurance: I recommend to complete a insurance for drone flights 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.

Helpful links: China Daily, CityLab, Aljazeera

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!

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