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Drone use is allowed in Equador, 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 Equador,
Can you fly drones in Galapagos?
It should be noted that the use and flight of drones in Galapagos is prohibited by the Law of the Galapagos National Park – PNG to avoid damage to the delicate ecosystem of the islands, since animals, mainly birds, could be frightened or hit with these aircraft. Its use in the Islands is only allowed for the strict use of research and monitoring or with a strict special permit for commercial use.
The owner or operator of the RPAS / UAS are obliged to respond for damages caused to third parties, as a result of their flight activities, for which purpose they must contract the insurance policy of legal civil liability to third parties in the minimum amounts established in the table that appears next:
From 02 to 25 Kg. Of maximum take-off mass (MTOW) USD 3,000.00
Of more than 25 Kg. Of maximum take-off mass (MTOW) USD 5,000.00
A drone permit is not required for recreational drone use for drones under 2kg. Please adhere to the above General Equador Drone Laws however when flying your drone. (What Is Recreational Drone Use?)
When registering, the Operator shall make available to Authorities, upon request, the Drone for Inspection and Testing and any associated documents and records;
• Before registration, the Authority is required to obtain a clearance certificate for the Operator from the Security Organs as part of a background check; and
• The Operator shall be 18 years of age or older
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 Epic Drone Videos when flying a drone in Equador.
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