Drone Laws in Papua New Guinea

Flying drones in Papua New Guinea

In this article, you will find the drone laws in Papua New Guinea.

If you are operating your drone under certain conditions and it weighs less than 10 kilograms, you do not need authorization, no matter if you’re flying recreationally or commercially.

Overview: Drone rules in Papua New Guinea

Recreational use of drones allowed? Yes, without further requirements
Commercial use of drones permitted? Yes, without further requirements
Maximum Altitude:120 Meter (393,7 Foot) in uncontrolled airspace.
Is drone insurance mandatory? No. Learn more about drone insurance here.
Does the drone need a badge?No.
Drone labels can be ordered here
Is a registration necessary? No.
Keep distance to airports
Respect the privacy of other people

More about the rules

Part 101 and Part 102 of the Civil Aviation Rules are important, with 101 applying to most pilots. The following requirements must be met for 101 operations:

  • The drone weighs less than 25 kilograms (note: drones between 10 and 25 kilograms require approval from the Director of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority).
  • The flight doesn’t endanger people, property and other aircraft, which means: don’t fly over crowds, buildings, structures, vehicles, roads or when visibility is poor; ensure the functionality of the drone; the pilot must be physically and mentally fit and cannot be under the influence of drugs, alcohol and other intoxicants,.
  • The drone is flown only during the day (exception: indoors).
  • Manned aircraft are given right of way.
  • The drone remains within visual line of sight (can still be seen with the naked eye without any aids).
  • The maximum altitude of 120 meters (400 feet) is maintained.
  • The pilot knows the airspace and possible restrictions, and knows how to read aeronautical charts.
  • The drone doesn’t fly closer than 4 kilometers to any aerodromes.
  • Prior to a flight in controlled airspace, clearance will be obtained from air traffic control (PNG Air Services Ltd).
  • Prior to flights in special-use airspace, for example military areas, permission is obtained.
  • When flying over people, everyone has to give their consent.
  • When flying over private property, the owners or persons in charge have to give their consent.

No special certificate is needed for these kinds of operations unless you fly closer than 4 kilometers to aerodromes.

In case of an altitude of more than 120 meters (400 feet), you must report your planned maneuver to the NOTAM office at least 24 hours before the flight with details of the aircraft, you as a person including contact information and altitude.

If you can not meet the requirement list, you probably have to follow Part 102 of the CARs. This means you have to apply for an Unmanned Aircraft Operator Certificate, which costs a fee.

We have researched the listed drone regulations for Papua New Guinea 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 Papua New Guinea!

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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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