Drone Laws in Panama
Last update on 05.11.2021 | 2 Kommentare
In this article, you will find the current rules for multicopter pilots in Panama.
In Panama, drones are divided into different categories:
- RPA Micro: drones up to 250 grams
- RPA Liviana: from 250 g to 25 kg
- RPA Mediana: from 25 to 150 kg
- RPA Pesada: from 150 kg
Four types of use are distinguished in civil operations:
- Private, not commercial
If you capture aerial images with your drone, this does not count as recreation or sport in Panama.
In Panama, all drones must be registered with the Autoridad Aeronáutica Civil (ACC), regardless of what weight class they fall into. Remote pilots require a remote pilot license. Foreign drone operators receive a special permit.
This form (docx for download) is available for the application. You send this along with a copy of your passport, your drone license, proof of insurance, a photo of your drone, and the serial numbers of the drone and remote control to the e-mail address given in the form.
Overview: Drone rules in Panama
Drone labels can be ordered here
Further rules for drone pilots in Panama
The maximum flight altitude for unmanned flight systems in Panama depends on the weight class (see above). RPA Micro has a maximum altitude of 30 meters (100 feet), for RPA Liviana and heavier categories it is 120 meters (400 feet).
A multicopter is allowed to move around the pilot in Panama within a maximum radius of 500 meters.
You will need permission from the AAC to perform drone maneuvers for commercial purposes.
Safety distances and flight bans
In Panama, you have to keep your drone 8 kilometers away from airports. The same distance applies to the presidential seat and all correctional facilities. You should also stay away from areas that are sensitive for security, such as embassies, public institutions, and banks.
Flying over bystanders is prohibited unless you have permission from the AAC, the individuals involved, and liability insurance. Otherwise, you have to keep a safety distance of 30 meters (horizontal) or 10 meters (vertical).
We have researched the listed drone regulations for Panama to the best of our knowledge. We cannot guarantee the correctness of the information. If you want to be on the safe side, 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 Panama!
Great and useful information. I am a US Citizen and will travel to Panama soon. I have a DJI Mini 2. It weighs 249g. I have taken and passed the required US TRUST test and my drone is registered with the FAA. I have the documentation.
What I would like to know is (1) Once I apply for the Panama permit, how long will it take? Is permission granted via email? (2) In the US, no license is required for UA under 250g. On the application it asks for a license number. (3) Never heard of drone insurance for UA under 250g. Where do I get drone insurance?
Thanks in advance.
The form is for approval of drone operation in controlled airspace.