Drone regulations in the Netherlands
Last update on 25.04.2021 | 11 Kommentare
In this post, you will find the regulations for the use of drones in the Netherlands.
The EU Drone Regulation has been in force in the Netherlands since December 31, 2020. This has largely harmonized the rules for remote pilots. You only have to register as an operator in one European country and your EU drone license is also recognized across countries.
Overview of the European rules that apply in Netherlands
In Netherlands, 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 Netherlands
Each country can define certain aspects of its drone regulations. For Netherlands, the following requirements apply in addition to the European regulations.
Further rules for drone pilots in the Netherlands
It is currently not mandatory to have drone insurance. But it is recommended.
You can obtain drone licenses from authorized centers. Flight schools are also responsible for the A1 / A3 certificate. You will find a list of schools and further information on this page.
Safety distances and flight bans
To airfields located in uncontrolled airspace, you have to keep a horizontal distance of 3 kilometers.
Drones are not allowed to fly over populated areas, industrial facilities, ports, railways, gatherings of people, and public roads.
You always have to give way to other aircraft. That means you have to land immediately when a plane or helicopter is approaching.
Good to know: Drone flights are permitted only in uncontrolled airspace (airspace G). This means that currently, no flights are possible on the Caribbean islands of Bonaire, St. Eustatius, and Saba. Due to their size, the controlled airspace extends over the entire islands. Therefore, it is easier to leave the copter at home.
Special case Curaçao: Even though the island belongs to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Curaçao has its own rules for drone flying. A distinction is made between private and commercial use. All drones must be registered, otherwise, they will be confiscated upon entry.
Hobby pilots are only allowed to fly in the Curaçao Radio Control Club Field and on private land. You need the consent of the owners.
These general safety regulations apply:
- Keep the drone within sight
- Stay below 120 meters (400 feet) high
- Don’t fly over people
- Keep a distance of 50 meters from buildings, facilities, vehicles, and people
- Only start in good weather and visibility conditions
- Pay attention to the privacy of others
- Ensure the equipment is safe and ready to fly
Two authorities are responsible for registering the drone: the civil aviation authority CCAA and the BTP (Bureau Telecommunicatie en Post), which coordinates the radio frequencies. Accordingly, both should get the registration form. Contact at CCAA: Michael Llanes, Aviation Safety Inspector Operations ([email protected]), contact at BTP: [email protected]
We have researched the listed drone regulations for the Netherlands 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 the Netherlands!