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Transport Authority sets rules for drones

SLOVAKS willing to use unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones, will have to fulfil several conditions.

(Source: SME)

If the plane weighs more than 20 kilogrammes, has a still camera or a video camera, the user will need permission from the Transport Authority. Additionally, if they want to use the drones for taking pictures or recording sites, they will also need the consent of the Defence Ministry , the SITA newswire reported.

In cases where the drones weigh less than 20 kilogrammes and have neither the camera nor a video camera, they will not be subject to any conditions, head of the Transport Authority Ján Breja and head of the civil aviation division Martin Němeček told the press on August 25.

All drones will have to be registered. While the registration of the drone will be free, the licence, valid for 12 months, will cost €600. If the owners do not register the drones and use it, they will be threatened with a fine of up to €330.

The Transport Authority has registered six drones to date, SITA wrote.

Another condition is that the users of drones will be allowed to take pictures or make films during daylight hours only. The drone must be visible at all times. The drones will also have to be insured.

The Transport Authority also requires that the drones should not be used in municipalities or close to crowds. In addition, users will need to pass theoretical and practical exams.

Except for using drones for taking pictures and making films, there is also a discussion about using drones for transporting goods. This is however not allowed in Slovakia, also with respect to the possible damages and losses, Němeček said, as reported by SITA.

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