Drone Laws in Guatemala

Flying drones in GuatemalaIt is not easy to understand what rules apply to drone taxpayers in Guatemala. In this article, I collect all relevant information.

In Guatemala, drones are divided into several categories:

  • UAV Micro: Drones with a mass of 100 grams or less.
  • UAV Pequeño: drones weighing more than 100 grams and less than 150 kilograms.
  • UAV Grande: These include, among other things drones weighing more than 150 kilograms.

What influence the categorization has on the regulations, I have not understood so far.

As far as I understand the terms, you must register each drone with the DGAC, and you will then receive an identification number, which you must attach to your Copter.

Overview of Guatemala Drone Rules

Maximum Altitude: In Guatemala, do not fly your drone higher than 120 meters (400 feet).

Maximum horizontal distance and FPV: No information available yet.

Compulsory insurance: The legislature in Guatemala expects you to insure your drone.

Maximum take-off weight (MTOW): No information available yet.

Distance to airports: To airports, your drone should keep 5 kilometers (3 miles) distance.

Other safety distances: No information available yet.

Hours of Operation: Night flights are not allowed in Guatemala with drones unless the drone is visible through adequate lighting.

Requirements for Commercial Pilots: Commercial pilots need a Certificado Operativo (CO) to use drones in Guatemala.

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We have researched the listed drone regulations for Guatemala to the best of our knowledge. We cannot guarantee the correctness of the information. If you want to be on the safe side, 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 Guatemala!

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