Drone regulations in Spain
In this article, we have summarized for you the drone laws in Spain.
Due to its unique culture and fascinating landscape, Spain is a popular travel destination for many. And rightly so! The southern European country has the most diverse drone motives from beaches to mountains, lakes, forests, cliffs and volcanoes.
Overview: Drone rules in Spain
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Further rules for drone pilots in Spain
Details of the drone (manufacturer, model, serial number), the full name of the owner, and means of contact must be visibly displayed on the drone and on the remote control using a fireproof identification plate.
Drones flights are always to be carried out in direct visual line of sight, which means that the copter shall not be more than 500 meters away from the pilot. During FPV flights, a second person must monitor the drone with the naked eye and be in direct contact with the pilot.
As far as I know, liability insurance for drones is only required by commercial pilots in Spain. Nevertheless, is is strongly recommend that you take out an appropriate policy!
Commercial pilots can obtain permission for their drones up to a weight of 150 kilograms. Applying for this permit entails getting a drone license and a medical certificate.
Safety distances and flight bans
Drone pilots must maintain a distance of at least 8 kilometers to airports in uncontrolled airspace (15 kilometers on approved flights out of sight).
Flights over buildings, settlements, and gatherings of people are not allowed. A distance of 150 meters must be maintained to buildings. To persons who are not involved in the flight, the drone must be kept at a distance of 50 meters. Additional conditions may apply in nature reserves. Of course, flights in controlled airspace are also prohibited. Flights over buildings and people are allowed when the drone weighs less than 250 grams and the altitude does not exceed 20 meters above the ground.
For flights in national parks, you need permission from the administration. The use of drones in no-fly zones must be approved by the Spanish Ministry of Defense (processing time approximately one week).
The use of copters is permitted only during the day. For drones with a take-off weight of fewer than 2 kilograms, flights may also be carried out at night as long as a flight altitude of 50 meters above the ground is not exceeded.
Regional authorities can issue their own regulations for the operation of drones. Therefore, it is always useful to ask around for the local rules. The nearest police station may be a good starting point.
We have researched the listed drone regulations for Spain 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 Spain!