Maximum altitude: In Seychelles, drones can ascend up to 60 meters (200 feet).
Maximum horizontal distance and FPV: Multicopter may only be flown within sight. Once the general visibility is below 3 kilometers, you must not ascend with your drone.
Compulsory insurance: In Seychelles, you should fly only with drone insurance.
Maximum take-off weight (MTOW): The existing rules apply to UAVs with a take-off mass of no more than 7 kilograms. For heavier models, SCAA approval is required.
Distance to airports: To an airport must be considered 15 kilometers (9 miles) distance. For Helipads / Heliports, there is a safety distance of 5 kilometers (3 miles). Thus, it is prohibited in most areas of Seychelles, to raise a drone.
Other safety distances: To uninvolved persons, a distance of 50 meters (at take-off and landing 30 meters) must be observed. Major roads, crowds of people (1,000 or more people), private land (if owner’s permission is not available), and populated areas must be 150 meters (500 feet) apart. Vehicles and ships must not approach closer than 300 meters (1,000 feet).
Operating Times: Drone flights at night are prohibited in Seychelles.
Rules for commercial pilots: To my knowledge, there are no special requirements for business users in Seychelles.
We have researched the listed drone regulations for Seychelles 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 Seychelles!
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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.
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