Isle of Man Drone Laws (2019)

Isle of Man Drone Laws

Img 1: Aerial Photography In Isle of Man

  1. General Isle of Man Drone Laws
  2. Drone Permits In Isle of Man
  3. Brining Your Drone On Airplanes Guide
  4. Buying Drones In Isle of Man
  5. Drone Travel Guide Articles
  6. Contact Information For Questions

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General Isle of Man Drone Laws

Drone use is allowed in the Isle of Man, but there are several drone laws that need to be followed when flying in the country. Operators must ensure that they follow the following drone laws when flying in the Isle of Man,

  • Do not fly your drone over people or large crowds
  • Do not fly your drone higher than 400 feet
  • Do not fly your drone within 50 meters of any building, person, or vehicle not associated with the operation of the drone
  • Do not fly your drone within 150 meters of any congested areas or large gatherings of people
  • Respect others privacy when flying your drone
  • Do not fly your drone within 3 nautical miles of the Isle of Man airport or in areas where aircraft are operating. Andreas and Jurby aerodromes do not have a no-fly zone around them but be aware of occasional aircraft and glider activity at these locations
  • You must fly during daylight hours and only fly in good weather conditions
  • Do not fly your drone in sensitive areas including government or military facilities. Use of drones or camera drones in these areas are prohibited.
  • .If you have a requirement to fly a drone within the area shown in the map below, you must obtain permission from the Isle of Man Authorities.
Drone Flight Zone - 5 Km Of Airport

Permit Needed For Recreational Drone Use?

A drone permit is not required for recreational drone use.

Please adhere to the above General Isle of Man Drone Laws however when flying your drone. (What Is Recreational Drone Use?)

Permit Needed For Commercial Drone Use?

A permit is required for commercial drone use in Isle of Man. Click here to purchase a permit, or contact the local aviation authority. (What Is Commercial Drone Use?)

Bringing Your Drone On Airplanes Guide

For a detailed guide to bringing your drone on airplanes click here. All drones should be brought on carry on luggage if possible. This is because according to the Montreal Convention, airlines are only liable for losses up to ~$1,000 USD. When traveling internationally, theft and lost luggage can be common issues, particularly if your flight has many connections. If your drone is worth more than $1,000 USD and you cannot bring it onto the plane you should consider shipping it with DHL, Fedex, or UPS instead and fully insure the shipment.

You should NOT place drone batteries in your checked baggage. All drone batteries should be placed in a Medium Size Lipo Battery Bag like the one shown here in the link and brought onto the plane in your carry on bag. Lithium-ion batteries are considered ""dangerous goods"" by airlines and rules surrounding these batteries on planes are EXTREMELY strict due to multiple incidents of these batteries catching fire. Failure to properly pack lithium-ion batteries in a bag such as the one shown in the link above can result in the airline seizing them, you getting fined, or being denied boarding.

Here is some video footage shot by Uiver44 when flying a drone in Isle of Man.

Buying Drones In Isle of Man

Read all of our Isle of Man Drone Laws, and now looking for drones, parts, accessories, or something else? Read our guide for Buying Drones In Isle of Man. It includes information on drones for sale in Isle of Man, import taxes, payment options, and shipping.

Drone Travel Guide

Isle of Man drone laws are up to date as of June, 2019. Please email [email protected] , or click “leave a message” at the bottom right of the screen if you have any questions or comments.