Drone regulations in Slovenia
In this post, you will learn all you need to know if you want to fly a drone in Slovenia.
Slovenia has quite complex drone regulations. However, they have been made available in English, so you can read them carefully if you click the following links. This has also made it clearer what is allowed.
In the following, you will find an overview of the current rules.
Overview: Drone rules in Slovenia
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Regulations for drone pilots in Slovenia
Slovenia differentiates between drone use for leisure or sport and commercial activities.
Drones for leisure and sport are referred to as aircraft models and may only fly in classes I and II, which means uninhabited areas according to the regulations:
- Class I: “area where there are no structures and people, except for operators and personnel necessary to perform flying”
- Class II: “area where there are ancillary structures or structures not intended for residential purposes of people and where there are no people, except for operators and personnel necessary to perform flying, and where only the occasional passage without stopping of people in this area (e.g. cyclists, walkers) is allowed”
Article 13 (4) of the law provides the crucial information on aviation activities, which include aerial photography. It states that aerial photography is allowed if it is for private use only and the drones weighs no more than 25 kilograms.
In addition, the following safety regulations must be observed:
- Do not endanger others.
- Before the flight, check that the drone is functioning properly and that the weather and other conditions are good.
- Only fly one drone at a time.
- Fly only during the day, otherwise a permit is required.
- Keep a distance of 30 meters to people, animals, objects, vessels, vehicles, power lines and roads.
- Keep at least 150 meters distance to groups of people (from 12 persons).
- Keep a safety distance of 5 kilometers to airports (see map below).
- In uncontrolled airspace, do not fly higher than 150 meters, in control zones 50 meters.
- Keep the drone within visual line of sight, with a maximum of 500 meters between the pilot and the drone.
- FPV flights are allowed if a second person keeps an eye on the copter and is in close proximity to the pilot.
- Give priority to manned aircraft.
Drones that weigh more than 500 grams must be marked and starting at 5 kilograms, the material of the identification plate must be non-flammable. The marking shall include:
- identification mark (must not begin with a capital D)
- name, address, contact details
- weight of the drone
Insurance is required for drones which weigh 20 kilograms or more. Nevertheless, we recommend you have appropriate insurance.
Regulations for commercial pilots in Slovenia
Commercial drone flights require a permit according to the flight category. Aerial photography must be approved and flights must be pre-registered. Commercial pilots also need a certificate.
We have researched the listed drone regulations for Slovenia to the best of our knowledge. We can not guarantee the correctness of the information. If you want to be on the safe side, please 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 Slovenia!