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Flying with drones: What do you have to take into account?

Written by Stefaan Gryson

Drones have become the new selfie stick. More and more company start to use drone images, and that is not so crazy. By using a drone you can easily take a picture of a big group of people, or give a virtual tour.  If you want some professional drone images, you can hire a specialist. You can’t just make professional images with a drone. There are a lot of rules you have to follow and you need some specific certificates to shoot certain video’s. We will tell you everything you need to know.


The Belgian legislation focusses on two aspects: the safety and the privacy preservation of the civilian. Do you have a drone that weighs less than a kilogram? In this case, flying with this drone, is considered as private use. When you fly with a drone for private use, and you don’t fly it higher as ten meters. Then you won’t need to register that drone.  Also, you can only fly over private terrain. When the terrain isn’t yours, you will need to ask the owner for permission.

Education and exams

When you fly over a model airport, you will have to respect the rules of the airport. Want to fly somewhere else, then the class 2 rules apply: it is forbidden to fly in controlled airspace above city’s, townships, people and animals. You can’t go higher as 45 meters and your drone can’t weigh more as 5 kilo. You drone constantly has to be in visual reach of the pilot and the pilot has to be at least 16 years.

All other cases fall under the class 1 flights. For all devices of class 1 and 2 you need to attend a training and take a final. Your drone needs to be registered and you need to have a certificate of conformity.

For this certificate of conformity you will have to submit an application in writing, accompanied by following documents:

  • Flight manual which describes the normal terms of use
  • Prevention analysis report which fully describes all characteristics and how they are satisfied. As a consumer you won’t just get this document. All information about these forms you can find on the website of FOD Mobility.

Forbidden area for drones

In some area’s you can never fly with a drone, no matter what class you are:

  • Industrial complexes
  • City’s and villages
  • Above a big crowd of people
  • Military area’s / installations
  • Electric and nuclear buildings
  • Prisons
  • Airspaces with air traffic control
  • Airports

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