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Drone Training Ireland

There are several schools in Ireland, but at FlyRyte we pride ourselves in offering you more than the rest! We have Ireland’s most experienced instructors and have worked to revolutionise drone training in Ireland.

We are the only school with approved online training courses, Ireland’s only interactive airspace map to save you time and money and a dedicated resources page to support you throughout your career, but don’t just take our word for it, check out our student reviews!

Airspace Planner

Irish drone airspace planner

Resources Page

Drone Resources link

Student Reviews

Drone Student reviews

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  • Online Drone Course

  • Complete in the comfort of your home, 2 hours of fun interactive training!

    Learn the rules, the regs, the rates and everything in between

  • 2-day Theory Training

  • Weekend
    January 13th & 14th 2018

    January 23rd & 24th 2018

    February 10th & 11th 2018

    February 22th & 23rd 2018 (Galway)

    March 10th & 11th 2018

    March 21st & 22nd 2018

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  • Theory Training & Certification

  • Weekend
    January 13th & 14th 2018

    January 23rd & 24th 2018

    February 10th & 11th 2018

    February 22th & 23rd 2018 (Galway)

    March 10th & 11th 2018

    March 21st & 22nd 2018

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What is a drone?

Drone Rules in Ireland?

What does Marilyn Monroe have in common with drones?!

What makes us different?

Full support after training

Full support after training

Highest reviewed school in Ireland

Highest reviewed school in Ireland

Interactive Airspace Map

Interactive Airspace Map

Online Training options

Online Training options

No hidden costs- even your food is included!

No hidden costs- even your food is included!

Gearoid Ó Briain


Peter Smyth


Oisin McGrath

Head of Training

Séan McCarthy


Odhrán Murphy

Chief Ground Instructor

Vincent Haigney



What is the difference between a Drone/ SUA/ RPAS/ UAV?

We get asked this question all the team, even by qualified drone pilots! The most important term to use is SUA or ‘small unmanned aircraft’ but here is a brief description of the differences:

  1. SUA – Small Unmanned Aircraft: Since December 2015 this is the official term used for unmanned aircraft in Ireland
  2. RPAS – Remotely Piloted Aircraft System: This is the old term used for unmanned aircraft in Ireland and has been replaced by SUA. The big difference is that an RPAS includes all the equipment, even ground-based
  3. UAV – Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle: This is the most common term used by militaries and is rarely used to describe civilian unmanned aircraft
  4. Drone: This is becoming a common name used to describe unmanned aircraft. It used to be avoided as it had negative connotations with ‘drone strikes’. However, since 2016, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) have decided to use this term in an official capacity.

We like SUA and drone, but it doesn’t really matter what you use to describe your unmanned aircraft!

Do I need to get training to fly a drone in Ireland?

Great Question!


The short answer is no. The long answer is a little more complicated.


If your aircraft is more than 4 kilograms then you need to get drone training to operate in Irish Airspace. If it less than 4 kilograms, then you don’t need training if you stay clear of controlled/ prohibited and restricted airspace. These cover a lot of the country. To find out if the area you want to fly is in these airspaces then check out the airspace tab under useful links.


If you are serious about flying drones and want to do commercial work then it is very logical to do some training training and get licenced. Check out our past students opinions in the review section and see what they thought.

What if I am flying for fun and don't want to fly commercially?

Since the Irish Aviation Authority introduced the new Irish Drone Rules at the end of December 2015, there is no difference between commercial and non-commercial flying. The Irish Aviation Authority have adopted a risk-based approach for drone flying. The more risk, the more restrictions.


This means that it doesn’t matter WHY you are flying your drone, the rules are the same. The majority of people who do our two day drone training course want to fly commercially although we frequently get enthusiasts. Our online drone training course is, however, primarily aimed at hobbyists, enthusiasts, and people who are unsure about whether they want to start a commercial operation.

If my drone is less than 1kg in weight do the rules apply?

The main document telling us about the Irish Drone rules is the Statutory Instrument 563/2015. It tells us that it does not apply to drones less than 1kg if it does not have substantial parts, is flown less than 50 feet / 15 metres and flown in a safe manner. The misconception is that if your aircraft is less than 1kg there are no rules, this is false.


If your aircraft has substantial parts or you want to fly it above 50 feet then the standard rules apply. In the case of the DJI Mavic, which is less than 1kg, there is an argument over whether it has substantial parts, but in any case you would need to stay below 50 feet, which is no fun.

Can I fly in a congested area like a city?

There are no Drone rules which mention congested areas in Ireland. Remember to apply the standard rules, if you can fly and maintain your aircraft at least 30 metres from people, buildings and cars then you should be fine. Also remember to keep your drone 120 metres from gatherings of 12 or more people. You will really notice the benefit of drone groundshcool training in these scenarios. It is worth remembering that you should take extra precaution when flying in areas that you might consider as congested, if something goes wrong there is an increased risk and also there is a good chance that you will be challenged by people so it is worth informing the Gardai that you will be flying and also to have a team with you to deal with any questions which the public might have, don’t forget to bring some business cards!

Can I fly my drone at night?

Yes, there are no rules against flying your drone at night in Ireland. This is outlawed in a lot of countries but the rules in Ireland don’t deal with it and the Irish Authority have confirmed to us that there is no problem with this as it is covered by EASA’s SERA or Single European Rules of the Air. However, again, it is worth mentioning that we have to maintain visual line of sight and also you will find it difficult to spot obstacles like power lines at night. So we recommend that you reduce your range limits and also make sure to scout the area during the day and identify any hazards which might adversely affect your flight.

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Useful, enjoyable two days,lots of important background information & practical application. Enthusiastic & knowledgeable instructors who seem to enjoy what they do, which adds to the experience learned a huge amount in short space of time.

Rob Shaw

The Flyryte training was great. Really interesting and engaging two days. Topics that I would otherwise not have considered were brought to light, using real world examples where possible. I look forward to the next steps in training.

Paul Murphy

Really enjoyable & informative course. All speakers were approachable, helpful & very good at getting the information across. Would highly recommend this to other pilots.

Niall Finn

Excellent primer on the logistics of professional RPAS surveying

Cathal Jordan

The two days of the course were very good, with all information received being of value to our operation. Very good instructors who pitched the content in an enthusiastic and engaging manner.

Anthony Corns

All of the instructors were positively engaged and authoritative. I felt happy to avail of promised future support.

Sean Cullen

Excellent - Informative and Entertaining

James Barry

Yes, enjoyed the course. Would definitely recommend the course.

Archie Donovan

Instructors showed an excellent depth of knowledge in both the practical and theoretical aspect of RPAS/ SUA flight. Course delivered in an engaging and entertaining manner, so would thoroughly recommend to any aspiring drone pilots.

Owen Naughtan

Very well run course. I learnt a lot from the 2 days. All the theory was well explained to the level of the class. The four instructors were always enthusiastic and had good examples of drone complications. I enjoyed it and recommend it.

Rebecca Bradford

The real world experience, case studies and videos were very helpful. It is obvious the instructors are very experienced."

Sophie O' Conner

Very interesting & packed full of info for all kinds of activities as well as drone flying. Instructors were energetic & excellent communicators, easy to listen to and very knowledgeable. Offer of ongoing support is invaluable

Eoin McGrath

Really enjoyed this very informative course. The instructors all had excellent presentation skills and a wealth of practical professional experience in the subject area.


Loved the links section and really like the F.B page. Instructors are second to none. Totally professional. Lectures are so interesting, informative and practical. This must be the best SUA/RPAS course in the world!

Graham O'Reilly

Many thanks for an excellent course, as a novice in the world of SUA I found it enlightening. Very well done for the excellent course quality and content which has delivered in a first class manner by an excellent team of trainers.

Colm O'Donnell

Thank you for all your hard work!

Catherine Peters

Excellent instructors who want to share there vast knowledge of SOA. Course is relaxed, continued after course availability is great. Excellent website.


"I would highly recommend FlyRyte to others. FlyRyte is a highly professional company with a top class course, with skilled instructors. They also provide great support post course completion. This course is the best thing you could do, either before or after buying a drone."

Eugene Mohan

I had been recommended to use FlyRyte for drone training and I am really delighted that I listened, as the course exceeded my expectations in every way. Great lecutrers with a wealth of knowledge. I now feel more confident to take my drone flying to a higher and safer level.

Karl Connolly

The instructors at FlyRyte are clearly extremely knowledgeable and experienced in their respective field. They provide all the course material extremely easy to digest and understand. The team are leading the way when it comes to drone education and safety in Ireland and are keen to keep up to date with all the latest changes.

George Morahan

I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who has an interest in SUA. Precise, well thought out, comprehensive, professional and friendly. Excellent!

Tim Jordan

A thoroughly enjoyable but comprehensive course, that was easy to understand. The trainers were very approachable and friendly and no question went unanswered.

Derek O'Reilly

Very professional and informing. Would suggest to anyone flying drones.

Jonas Samaitis

The training and advice which is given by every single instructor at Flyryte are second to none. If you are wishing to operate any small unmanned aircraft, legally, competently and safely… this is the team you need to talk to.

Stuart Lambe