Legislation drones Belgium
Drone legislation in Belgium
On this site you will find an explanation of the rules in Belgium: http://mobilit.belgium.be/nl/luchtvaart/drones .
You can download the Royal Decree on the use of remotely piloted aircraft in Belgian airspace here .
The new drone legislation has been in force in Belgium since April 25, 2016. This has been done for years, to come to a firm sandwich and to regulate flying with drones as well as possible. In this article we try to explain the current and still applicable legislation in a simple and clear manner.
For those who prefer to read the full Royal Decree, we had previously published this. If you would like to know with which aircraft you can fly perfectly in your garden without training or exam, you can easily view all drones below 1kg below.
Three subdivisions of the drone legislation
Very briefly, there are three categories in which you can fly with your drone:
- Recreational (up to 10 meters high, maximum 1kg take-off mass)
- Class 2 (up to 45 meters high, maximum 5kg take-off mass)
- Class 1 (up to 90 meters high, maximum 150kg take-off mass)
- Class 1b: low risk flights
- Class 1a: high risk flights
In addition, you can of course always fly indoor, but other rules apply (in principle everything is allowed there, but keep it safe, of course!). In the table below you can find an overview of the do's and don'ts for each category from the drone legislation.
All parameters in a row
|RECREATIVE||CLASS 2||CLASS 1B||CLASS 1A|
|Min. age?||-||16 years||18 years||18 years|
|Max. take off mass?||1kg||5kg||150kg||150kg|
|Max. flight height?||10 meters||45 meters (150ft)||91 meters (300ft)||> 91 meters possible|
|Risk class?||No risk||Low risk||Medium risk||High risk|
|Need a flight permit?||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|LAPL medical certificate?||No||No||Yes||Yes|
|Flying above private property?||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Flying above built-up areas?||No||No||No||Yes|
|Flying in controlled airspace?||No||No||No||Subject to authorization from the BCAA|
|Flying above crowds?||No||No||No||Yes|
|Distance to obstacle?||> 50 meters||> 50 meters||> 30 meters||<30 meters possible|
|Flying within sight?||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Need a risk analysis?||No||No||Yes||Yes|
|Need a flight statement or admission?||No||No||Statement||Admission|
|Target price training? (excl. VAT)||€ 150||€ 750||€ 2,500||€ 2,500|