Drone regulations in Ireland

Flying drones in Ireland

In this article, we have compiled for you the Irish rules for the use of drones.

To use your drone in Ireland you need to register. If you do not do that, you must not fly higher than 15 meters and your drone may weigh a maximum of 1 kilogram. You can easily register online from a minimum age of 16 years. The Irish Aviation Authority provides step-by-step instructions for registration.

Maximum flight altitude: The maximum flight altitude is 120 meters in uncontrolled airspace and 15 meters in controlled airspace in Ireland. Without a registration, your copter may not fly higher than 15 meters.

Maximum horizontal distance and FPV: Your drone is allowed to move a maximum of 300 meters away from you in Ireland. The direct visual contact must always be present.

Compulsory insurance: The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) recommends the completion of a drone insurance. And we agree with the recommendation.

Maximum take-off weight (MTOW): From a take-off weight of 1 kg, a previous registration is necessary. The maximum weight of copters that can be registered online is 25 kilograms.

Distance to airports: Drones may approach a maximum of 5 kilometers to an Irish airport.

Other safe distances: Your flying copter must keep 30 meters distance to persons, ships, cars, and buildings. It is not allowed to fly over groups (12 persons or more).

Flight bans: Drones cannot be operated on national monuments.

Flight approval: Individual flight permissions must only be granted if the general rules are to deviate.

Time of operations: As far as I know, drone flights are permitted at night in Ireland.

Regulations for commercial pilots: The Irish legislature has decided that the same rules apply to private and commercial drone users. This does not require any further approval, as long as you follow the general conditions.

Good to know: On its website, the IAA has documented the regulations very transparently including all processes.

Helpful links: IAA: Rules and forms

We have researched the listed drone regulations for Ireland 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 Ireland!

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