Drone Laws in Uruguay

Flying drones in UruguayIn this post, you will find the current laws for the use of drones in Uruguay.

Maximum Altitude: The maximum ascent height for drones is 120 meters above ground.

Maximum horizontal distance and FPV: During the flight eye contact with the aircraft must be ensured.

Compulsory insurance: Only for commercial users is a drone insurance necessary. But we recommend everybody to order a special coverage.

Maximum take-off weight (MTOW): In Uruguay, drones are divided into three distinct categories: Menores (Small, up to 25 kg total weight), Medianos (Medium, 25 kg – 260 kg), Mayores (Large, over 260 kg). For most drone users, the Menores classification applies. Private drone drivers do not have to register in this weight class.

Distance to airports: Drone flights in controlled airspace and near airports are only possible after clearance of air traffic control.

Other safety distances: I have not heard anything about further safety distances. Always fly safe so that you do not endanger anyone with your multicopter.

No Fly Zones: Not allowed is the transport of persons, international air traffic (i.e., border crossings), flights over populated areas and crowds.

Operating times: I am not aware of a restriction on the permitted flight times.

Requirements for commercial pilots: If you want to fly a drone for commercial purposes in Uruguay, you must obtain a permit from the DINACIA (“Permiso de Operador de Dispositivo Aéreo Operado a Distancia”). Applicants must have civil aviation liability insurance.

We have researched the listed drone regulations for Uruguay 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 Uruguay!

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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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