Drone regulations in Luxembourg

Luxembourg is also currently in the legislative process. The temporary provisions were compiled online by the Direction de L’Aviation Civile (DAC).

For each flight, prior permission must be sought from the DAC, regardless of the purpose of the flight. Therefore, hobby pilots also have to request approval for each flight.

Maximum flight altitude: The maximum flight altitude of 50 meters is very low in international comparison.

Maximum horizontal distance and FPV: Drones may only be operated in direct visual contact in Luxembourg.

Compulsory insurance: Copter flights must be covered by a drones insurance.

Maximum take-off weight (MTOW): Obviously a weight limit of 2 kilograms applies to private drones.

Distance to airports: It is not allowed to fly a drone two kilometers around helicopter landing sites and airfields. To the Luxembourg International Airport, you have to bear a distance of 5 kilometers in mind.

Flight bans: It is not allowed to fly over persons, highways, railways, and animals with a drone.

Flight approval: You have to apply permission for each flight.

Time of operations: I have not read something about a restriction of drone flights. If you plan night flights, I would inform myself again at the DAC. In the case of the restrictive laws, I would be surprised if night flights are allowed.

Specific regulations: Drones in Luxembourg must have an integrated landing function (failsafe) in case of a technical defect or disconnection. An expanse (“working area box”) must be defined for each flight in which you will fly. The Working Area Box may not be accessible to the public. Geofencing must also ensure that your drone cannot leave the working area box.

Regulations for commercial pilots: A permission must be requested from the DAC for each flight. For photography orders, the fee of 619,73 € is charged only once.

Good to know: In principle, the rules apply to manned aircraft.

Helpful links: DAC

We have researched the listed drone regulations for Luxembourg 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 Luxembourg!

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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!

Discussions

  • Reds | 09.10.2018

    It is pain in the ass to get this permission even for recreational flights.
    You also need an authorization from landlord because all lands in Luxembourg belong to someone.
    Be ready for a long and exhausting process.

    • Francis Markert | 26.10.2018

      Sounds annoying. Thanks for your comment!

  • Trian | 27.10.2018

    I just bought a DJI Spark and I find it totally annoying that the drone flying regulations in Luxembourg make no sense whatsoever. A specific flight plan for EACH flight?? That has to be submitted for approval 2 WEEKS before the flight? If that’s not ridiculous I don’t know what is!

    • Francis Markert | 01.11.2018

      Nothing to add..

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