Recreational use of drones

Recreational Use Of Drones

“Ignorance of the law excuses no one from compliance therewith”.

What Is Recreational Use Of UAV’s?

The recreational use of UAV’s is the operation of drones for personal interests, hobby and enjoyment.

Flying for fun or recreation is defined as follows:

  • The pilot will not be paid or receive any compensation for the flight.
  • The flight cannot be performed as a service, paid or unpaid, for any person or organization.
  • The flight must be operated within visual line of sight.
  • The flight must be in compliance with a community-based set of safety guidelines.

Do I Need A Recreational Permit?

Anyone flying a drone is using airspace. Airspace is subject to air traffic regulations.

Federal laws and regulations that govern the use of UAV’s are extensive and complex. Every person that wants to operate recreational drones or model aircraft must operate them in accordance with these laws and regulations of each country.

A recreational permit or recreational letter of authorization is an official document expedited by the corresponding agencies of each country. This is not a standard letter, formats may vary from country to country, year by year.

Most countries ask for months of anticipation to fulfill the application process, others ask for fees to get a hobby permit, others don’t require permits for flying drones for fun. It will depend on each country regulation. We recommend first to contact the local authorities to ask for more first-hand information, or we can help you contact the authorities and make the corresponding research on your behalf.

Important: You have to consider that we are NOT responsible for any reference information that we may give you but YES we are responsible for each letter of authorization we give our customers.

Common Recreational Uses

  • Photography and video recording
  • Practice flying
  • Carry on the bag / Not flying the device

Recreational Vs. Commercial Use

Review the differences between recreational flying and commercial flying.