In this article, we explain the legal situation for the use of drones in Austria.
Since 2014 in Austria apply very strict rules for the operation of unmanned flight systems. Potential film locations are divided into four different categories:
- Undeveloped area
- Uninhabited area
- Populated area
- Densely populated area
There are specific conditions and approvals for each of the categories. All categories require drone insurance. Quadrocopters are only allowed for the first two categories. Hexa- or octocopters with corresponding redundancies are required for populated/densely populated areas.
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Unmanned flight systems are divided into various categories. As far as I understand the rules, you do not have to apply for permission if you fulfill the following conditions:
- Free of charge, non-commercial flight for leisure activities without storing camera shots
- Maximum weight of the multicopter of 25 kilograms
- Flight outside security zones
- Maximum flight radius of 500 meters
The pure streaming or FPV flights are not allowed, as long as the recordings are not saved.
“Mini drones” up to a weight of about 250 grams and a maximum flight altitude of 30 meters can fly without permission, even if they are equipped with a camera. The actual permissible weight is determined by the energy of the movement, which may not exceed 79 joules.
According to the experience of several applicants, the approval is issued within a few workdays.
Maximum weight of the drone for private flights: 25 kilograms
Conditions for commercial drone flights: Depending on the intended flight maneuvers and equipment, a permit from the Austro Control is necessary.
Maximum flight altitude: 150 meters
Frequency determinations for FPV: 2.5 GHz with max. 10 mW; 5.8 GHz with max. 25 mW
Helpful links: Austrian Aviation, HDRR.at, Austro Control, BMVIT
We have researched the listed drone regulations for Austria to the best of our knowledge. We can not guarantee the correctness of the information. If you want to be on the safe side, please 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 Austria!