Belgium publishes drone legislation with strict rules regarding recreational use




The Belgian drone legislation was published Friday and is about ten days into force after it was initially rejected by the European Commission. The new rules are relatively strict when it comes to recreational use.

ZDNet reports that the new legislation in all cases, except when it is a drone that flies lighter than a kilogram and no more than ten meters. In the Netherlands, prescribed a maximum height of 120 meters. Moreover, these flights take place over private property, would be considered the use and private use. Thus this use is limited to very small drones.

We also need to flee to take into account privacy legislation and the law states that the drone may only be used for “personal purposes outside the public space ‘, this would be outside the law. It is not entirely clear what the scope of that provision. All other uses are subject to the rules of the new law.

Those rules stipulate that to be a driver in possession of a pilot license in Grade 1 or 2. For Class 1, or professional use, the driver must be at least 18 years old and must be flown drones to 150kg and a height of 90 meter. Class 2 is a minimum age of 16 years and may be made using drones under 5kg to a maximum height of 45 meters. The latter is a theory test is sufficient; for professional use should be made a more extensive training. It is unclear what level of criminal penalties for violations of these rules.

In the Netherlands, argued recently CDA politician Martijn van Helvert for stricter rules regarding drones, following a drone who wanted to land on the Zwanenburg runway at Schiphol.

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