Drone Laws in Panama
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 Pequeña: unmanned aerial vehicles over 250 g to 25 kg
- RPA Liviana: from 25 to 150 kg
- RPA Pesada: from 150 kg
Every drone pilot has to register their drone with the Autoridad Aeronáutica Civil (ACC), regardless of the weight category.
Overview: Drone rules in Panama
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Further rules for drone pilots in Panama
The maximum altitude for unmanned aerial vehicles in Panama depends on the weight category (see above). RPA Micro has a maximum altitude of 30 meters (100 feet), RPA Pequeña 60 meters (200 feet) and RPA Liviana 120 meters (400 feet).
A multicopter is allowed to move around the pilot in Panama within a maximum radius of 500 meters.
The maximum speed of a copter is limited to 70 knots (130 km / h) in Panama.
Keep 8 kilometers away from airports. Metropolitan areas, cities or buildings must be at a distance of 150 meters. Around bystanders, you have to maintain a distance of 30 meters (horizontal) or 10 meters (vertical).
You will need permission from the AAC to perform drone maneuvers for commercial purposes.
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!