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Aerial Photography In Brazil
Drone use is allowed in Brazil, 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 Brazil,
A drone permit is not required for recreational drone use. Model aircraft operated in a visual line of sight up to 400 feet above ground level must be registered and in such cases, the model airplane’s remote pilot must be licensed and qualified. Please adhere to the above General Brazil Drone Laws however when flying your drone. (What Is Recreational Drone Use?)
A permit is required for commercial drone use in Brazil, The proposed regulation for non-experimental operations of remotely piloted civil aircraft in segregated areas, such as event filming, photo services, surveillance, inspection and commercial use in general, is under construction by the Agency and should be submitted to the hearing process public soon. Although there is a possibility of a case-by-case evaluation, for the time being, non-experimental civilian RPA operations are not permitted in Brazil. Click here to obtain assistance on how to get a permit, or contact the local aviation authority. (What Is Commercial Drone Use?)
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 View From Above when flying a drone in Brazil.
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