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Regulations for flying drones in Germany?
160 6 2017-4-5 17:32:37
Molar
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I'm traveling to Germany this summer and would love to take my Mavic with me.  Does anyone now the regulations/limitations for flying drones in this country?
2017-4-5 17:32:37
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Rabe
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You can find the rules here:
http://www.bgbl.de/xaver/bgbl/st ... To=bgbl117s0683.pdf

You are NOT allowed to fly :
above 100 Meters
out of sight
over a crowd of people
over highways, railroads and waterway
over privat property
over powerplants, prisons, hospitals, military areas, airports etc.
over nature reserve
2017-4-7 02:58:00
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Molar
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Rabe Posted at 2017-4-7 02:58
You can find the rules here:
http://www.bgbl.de/xaver/bgbl/start.xav?startbk=Bundesanzeiger_BGBl&jumpTo=bgbl117s0683.pdf

Thanks for the info.
2017-4-8 07:59:44
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Eric13
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New regulations went into effect last Friday - April 7th.

Summary:


- Liability insurance in accordance with the air traffic order (Luftverkehrsordnung) is required for all drone pilots.
  (around € 80/year)

- Drones above 0.25kg must carry a well visible, fireproof label with name/address of owner. (will be enforced starting October)

- No license needed for drones under 2kg

- For drones above 2kg a certificate of knowledge (Kenntnisnachweis) is required.
  This certificate will be issued by authorities approved by German equivalent to the FAA (Luftfahrt-Bundesamt).

- For drones above 5kg a "general flying permission" is required. Those will be issued by local (state) authorities, not federal.

- Maximum weight for any drones: 25kg

- Height limit: 100m.
  The usual other limitations are: No flying out of sight or FPV, at night, near people, on private ground without permission,
  over residential/industrial areas, nature sanctuaries, hospitals, federal facilities, accident sites etc.

- Airports:
  No flying less than 1.5km from airport fence.
  Beyond 1.5km flying is allowed up to 50m whilst being in zones controlled by airports.

For certain (usually commercial) flights a certificate of exemption can be applied for if further/higher/night is needed.
That will be costly and requires processing time.

A major setback is:
No flying closer than 100m to any waterways that are used by commercial ships!
Harbors, main rivers and all canals are NoGo from now on!

The entire coast of the Northern Sea from Netherland to Denmark is out since it's national park or some other sanctuary.
Including the thousands of nature/bird/Nature-2000 sanctuaries all over the country we will not have many attractive areas left for flying.

All natural reserves can be viewed here:
Natural Reserves Germany

It has now reached a point that I'm wondering if I should give up the drone hobby.
2017-4-10 10:19:41
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Molar
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Eric13 Posted at 2017-4-10 10:19
New regulations went into effect last Friday - April 7th.

Summary:

Thanks so much for the info.
2017-4-12 16:37:58
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fivetonine
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Eric13 Posted at 2017-4-10 10:19
New regulations went into effect last Friday - April 7th.

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Those are ugly regulations in some part (but quite open in others). As for flying in these now-restricted river areas - I would probably still fly, but with caution (not to molest any ship, flying low and away from ANY people that could complain). Knowing the rules is the first step for knowing how to break 'em!
2017-4-14 01:06:27
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Eric13 Posted at 2017-4-10 10:19
New regulations went into effect last Friday - April 7th.

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Hi, well that is really ugly - looking like, they don't want drones flying around in Germany! I live in south Denmark, if they ban flying among the coastlines/beaches, and over private ground etc. here as well - I agree with you - we have to look for another hobby!
2017-4-15 22:05:19
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