Drone regulations in Italy
Last update on 25.04.2021 | 35 Kommentare
In this post we explain the legal situation for the use of drones in Italy.
Italy already launched its online portal in July 2020, which referred to the provisions of the European drone regulation. Since December 31, 2020, these have been in force in many European countries and largely standardize the rules. You only have to register in one European country, all others will recognize your registration.
The D-Flight portal is available for registration in Italy.
Overview of the European rules that apply in Italy
In Italy, the regulations of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) apply. The following is a summary of the key facts. For a complete overview, read our article on the new EU drone regulation.
National peculiarities in Italy
Each country can define certain aspects of its drone regulations. For Italy, the following requirements apply in addition to the European regulations.
Use of the D-Flight portal
The D-Flight portal was, at least in the beginning, still quite error-prone and had difficulties with displaying the correct information. This seems to have been fixed. You can change the language on the top right corner to English or Italian.
You have to activate your account by e-mail, but you are not registered yet. To do so, you have to activate the option “SAPR Operator” under “Account Details”, fill in the required information, and send a copy of your ID or passport by e-mail.
Drones weighing 250 grams or more are to be identified with the help of a QR code. This is also somewhat cumbersome. For simple flight maneuvers, the code costs 6 euros per drone. You first have to buy “D-coins” at the D-Flight market place. They are worth one euro each. You can then redeem six coins for the QR code. Attention: A reader has already reported that some payment options did not work and he could only transfer the money. You get the QR code by activating your drone under “Fleet” using the drone model.
As already indicated, the portal has not been very user-friendly in the beginning. Therefore we linked the official manual above, which describes how it should work normally.
In Italy, from January 1, 2021, a device for remote identification, i.e. an electronic radio transmitter, was planned for drones weighing over 250 grams. According to our information, this obligation has been postponed.
Further rules for drone pilots in Italy
The minimum coverage for liability insurance in Italy must be 750,000 SDRs (the equivalent of around 891,000 euros, as of the end of April 2021).
Radio transmission is possible on the frequencies 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz with a maximum of 100 mW.
We have researched the listed drone regulations for Italy 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 Italy!