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EASA Explained

Updated: Nov 14, 2020

Flying a drone for entertainment purposes is allowed almost everywhere in the world. Aerial photos and videos are stunning to look at, and can capture shots from areas that can be impossible to reach by a person (take the edge of the cliff, for example!). However, it does not mean a drone pilot can fly drones without any restrictions. There are a few rules and regulations operators need to understand, and certifications required before operating a drone.

EASA, which stands for the European Aviation Safety Agency, and it is the centrepiece of the European Union's strategy for aviation safety. The Agency develops common safety and environmental rules at the European level. Its main goal is to promote the highest standards of safety & environmental protection in civil aviation.

Assume a scenario when a person flies a drone and hits the sensitive part of an electrical grid. Think about how it can cause a burning of the circuit and blacking out in that particular area, not to mention the health and wellbeing of people around, as well as the cost of the damage that goes with it.

Another example would be airports and areas around them. If an untrained person flies a drone in those areas and that hits an airplane landing or taking off, what do you think will happen? A simple assumption will be that it can result in a horrible tragedy, the lives that are in stake, the damage of airplanes, and more. That is why EASA drone training is absolutely crucial for all drone operators.

Privacy of other people also needs to be highlighted here. Under no circumstances should you disrespect another person's privacy - for example, flying your drone into their garden without their permission.

Due to all these issues, you can understand that there must be a certification to fully understand how to safely fly a drone. EASA drone training is for those drones that are certified by the EASA organization.

The top golden rules are:

  • Register your drone - if it weighs more than 1kg.

  • Check Airspace Restrictions

  • Keep your drone in sight (no farther than 300m).

  • Don't fly your drone above 120m or close to obstacles and airports.

  • Respect the privacy of others.

And, perhaps the most important rule - a drone Pilot should have a drone license if they wish to use the drone for commercial purposes. Having a drone license is crucial if you are offering any drone services, be it aerial photography or videography. Finishing the EASA Drone training means you understand the safety regulations when operating a drone.

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