Drone regulations in Malaysia

Malaysia has tightened the rules for dealings with drones at the end of 2016. For me, the regulations are still somewhat shady. Permissions are officially required if you want to fly commercially in Malaysia or if a camera is mounted on the copter.

Maximum flight altitude: The maximum permitted height of ascent is at 120 meters (400 feet) in Malaysia.

Maximum horizontal distance and FPV: Drone flights are only allowed within the visibility in Malaysia. FPV flights can be carried out under certain conditions by experienced pilots.

Compulsory insurance: We recommend you the taking out of an aviation liability insurance for multicopter operations in Malaysia.

Maximum take-off weight (MTOW): An authorization is required from a weight of 20 kilograms.

Distance to airports: You have to keep 4,5 kilometers (3 miles) distance to airports and heliports.

Other safe distances: A distance of 30 meters shall be maintained to other persons, vehicles, boats and buildings.

Flight bans: Drone flights are not allowed near crowds (more than 1.000 persons).

Flight approvals: To obtain a flight permit, you have to submit a number of documents. Amongst other things, you need training evidence and the declaration of consent of the land owners.

Time of operations: Generally, flights are only permitted in daylight.

Regulations for commercial pilots: For commercial flights is a registration at the Department of Civil Aviation necessary.

Helpful links: cilisos.my, CAA

We have researched the listed drone regulations for Malaysia 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 Malaysia!

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