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New regu­la­ti­ons for dro­nes

New regu­la­ti­ons for dro­nes are in for­ce sin­ce 01 Janu­a­ry 2021. Dro­nes weig­hing more than 250 g or that have a came­ra need to be regis­tered at the Nor­we­gi­an air traf­fic aut­ho­ri­ty air traf­fic aut­ho­ri­ty (Luftf­art­stil­syn­set). This inclu­des a web-based cour­se, a test and a fee. Ever­y­bo­dy who wants to use a dro­ne in Sval­bard (or main­land Nor­way, for that sake) will need to go through that, unless the dro­ne weighs less than 250 g and does not have a came­ra.

Drones in Spitsbergen: rules and no flight zone Longyearbyen

No flight zone around Lon­gye­ar­by­en and the most important rules for dro­nes in Sval­bard (Sys­sel­man­nen. Fol­low the link to get a high reso­lu­ti­on file).

The most important rules are given on the Sysselmannen’s web­site. The­se inclu­de amongst others:

  • Regis­tra­ti­on, cour­se and test, see abo­ve.
  • Gene­ral no flight zones wit­hin 5 km distance from the air­ports in Lon­gye­ar­by­en and Sveagru­va. This inclu­des almost all of Lon­gye­ar­by­en!
  • Gene­ral no flight zones wit­hin 20 km distance around Ny-Åle­sund (radio silence zone to avoid dis­tur­ban­ce of sen­si­ti­ve sci­en­ti­fic instru­ments). This inclu­des the who­le Kongsfjord.
  • Dis­tur­ban­ce of wild­life and humans is gene­ral­ly for­bid­den. Respect peo­p­les’ pri­va­cy (mini­mum distance from peop­le, buil­dings, boats etc.: 150 m).
  • Maxi­mum flight alti­tu­de abo­ve ground: 120 m.
  • The dro­ne must remain wit­hin eye­sight.
  • Fly­ing in darkness is not allo­wed.
General no flight zones within 5 km distance

New rules for dro­nes are in for­ce from 01 Janu­a­ry 2021.

By the way, my new book is in print and it can now be orde­red 🙂 it is a pho­to book with the tit­le “Nor­we­gens ark­ti­scher Nor­den (1): Spitz­ber­gen – vom Polar­licht bis zur Mit­ter­nachts­son­ne”, with Ger­man text Click here for fur­ther details!

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last modification: 2021-01-28 · copyright: Rolf Stange
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