Drone Laws in Panama

Flying drones 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

Recreational use of drones allowed? Yes, after registration or approval
Commercial use of drones permitted? Yes, after registration or approval
Maximum Altitude:200 Foot (61,0 Meter) in uncontrolled airspace.
Is drone insurance mandatory? Yes, for private and commercial drone flights. Learn more about drone insurance here.
Does the drone need a badge?No.
Drone labels can be ordered here
Is a registration necessary? Yes.
Keep distance to airports
Respect the privacy of other people

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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!

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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!

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