Drone Laws in Austria (updated for 2020)

height flight limit

150m max height

can't fly over crowds of people

Don't fly over crowds

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Don't fly near airports

Only line of sight

All Drone Laws in Austria in 2020 (Ultimate Guide)

Are drones legal in Austria?

Yes. Provided you abide by all laws set out by Austro Control, the national drone governing body, you are set. If you are a seasoned drone pilot who has been able to fly to different countries and continents, you will find the Austrian rules quite strict. 

 

Who do I contact?

For information on anything dealing with the Austrian Aviation industry, contact Austro Control. Their authority extends to unmanned aerial vehicles which are drones. Reach them by phone at Tel: +4351 703 7111 or can send an email at ulfz@austrocontrol.at.

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What are the drone laws in Austria?

Austria does not focus too much on the distinction between commercial and recreation drones. It is worth pointing out the expected changes to the EU drone regulations as of 1st July 2020. Surprisingly, Austria had the Amended Act in place since 2014. The changes make it impossible for a first-timer to own or use a drone.

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Can I fly over crowds?

Flying over any gathering of people is a preserve of the security agencies. This covers sports areas, concerts, and events. However, there are special situations where it can be allowed.

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Is FPV legal in Austria?

Yes. Flight in the first-person view is only allowed if there is another person who is on standby and ready to intervene should the need present itself.

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What “not to do” with your drone in Austria

Can a pilot fly a recreational drone over a populated beach, recreational stadium or sporting event?

No way. That can only be authorized on a special case basis, normally reserved for the security agencies. 

How long does it take for a license to mature?

It should take a week or two.

Can I use my drone for commercial uses?

Yes. Provided you get a license with Austro Control.

Can I use my drone for commercial uses?

You must give CASA  a 5 days heads-up, then apply for a reference number while abiding by all rules pertaining to recreational drones.

Should my drone be insured?

You need liability insurance to operate a drone in Austria. This covers all the criteria of drones. 

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Rules on commercial drones

The use of drones for commercial use has grown into an industry in Austria. Changes in rules allow you to fly your drone commercially provided it weighs less than 2 Kg. First, you must apply for an aviation reference number (ARN).

Sketch your ARN number onto your drone. 

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When do you need a license for my drone in Austria?

  • If you intend to fly the aircraft over a 500-meter radius from point of operation.
  • If you are charging a fee
  • If you are using the drone for other uses apart from flying
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Can I fly without a licence in Austria?

The weight of the drone is a deciding factor as to whether it needs a permit or not. You do not need a permit if:

  • Weighs below 250 g or 79 joules in kinetic energy.
  • Does not exceed a 30 m operational height
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How can I get my drone licensed?

The law does separate unmanned aerial vehicles into 2 categories.

  • Class 1 drones within line of sight
  • Class 2 drones with no line of sight
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Class 2 aircraft - Unmanned drones with no line of sight

This class of drones is that which exceeds the visual line of sight of the pilot. Legally, this category are regarded as civilian aircraft. In that case, any user must have a pilot license. 

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Can I fly a drone in Austria without the Austrian Aviation drone license?

Yes, however, you must apply for a category C and D permit. You can take that exam electronically through Austro Control. 

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How can I register for the category C and D license?

 

 

For the sake of practice, check out the online questionnaire here.

 

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Are we expecting any new EU drone regulations?

 

More information on the changing EU policies is available here.

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Can I be penalized?

Yes. If you lack a license yet the drone you are flying is in a category that demands one, Austro Control or any other citizen can legally file a complaint. This is an administrative offense and carries a fine of 22,000 Euro.

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What are my top drones to fly safely in Austria?

My following two recommendations are 2 great compact drones that are quite silent and also small enough to travel with and not stand out as annoying.

1.Dji Mavic Mini - The best international travel drone (under 250g)

 2.7k

30min battery

4km

No follow me

DJI has surprised us with this incredible camera drone under 250g, which is half of the weight required for registering in Austria in the first place.

 

I have covered it much more in depth in my article review and even compared it with the DJI Spark and Mavic Air.

Advantages

  • 30 min battery life
  • under 250g
  • super portable
  • 4km range
  • can edit videos in the app

DISAdvantages

  • no obstacle avoidance
  • no settings for iso and shutter speed

2.Dji Mavic Air 2 - My favorite drone overall

4k 60fps

34min battery

9km

Follow + obstacle avoidance

mavic air 2 package fly more combo
If you want more control over things like shutter speed, iso and such, the best professional drone that still falls under the 500g category is the DJI Mavic Air.
 
It's made mostly for people who want to play around with settings and enter into the pro category.
 

 

DJI lowered it's price since it was first released.

Advantages

  • 3 way sensors
  • 68kph (fastest among the 3)
  • follow me mode(quite a few options)
  • 8gb internal storage
  • ISo & shutter speed settings
  • 6 photo modes
  • takes RAW photos
  • 100mbps bitrate

DISAdvantages

  • battery life ins't that amazing
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Restricted Areas and Geofencing (drone FLying map)

The best way to figure out what areas you can fly in, while you're in Romania is by consulting DJI offilicial map.
They do a great job mapping the places that one should avoid while flying in every country:

  • airports
  • military bases
  • prisons
  • power plants
  • any high risk areas
romania flying map dji
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Make money with your drone

  • Only if you're serious
  • No experience required
  • I make up to 200$/h after it
  • Yes, it's a course
  • Yes, It's the best I know
  • Everything from A to Z
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How do you make money with your drone, though?

Okay, so you got your new and fancy drone, but how do you stand out from any dad out there who has the same drone and watched some tutorials online?

I did exactly that and barely had any success. 

But now I’m charging 5x as much as before and even have to refuse clients from time to time.

I even bought about 7 online courses… and I didn’t make much progress.

So how did I finally make it to this level?

If you want the short answer, I learned everything from this guy Alex, who’s making $200 per hour with his drone. And he’s even teaching exactly how to do that.

This is pretty much what you need to know:

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1. Make sure you have a proper drone.

If you have any of the latest DJI Drones, like the Mavic Air 2, for example, you’re ready to start making money.

No need to overthink this, but if it’s any help, check this comparison of the best camera drones compared in 2020.

types of drones

2.Learn how to create the best content to stand out

You won’t stand out from the next dad who bought a DJI drone for Cristmass in the eyes of your clients if you don’t do this.

It’s WAY more important to know what you’re doing than the gear you have.

You’ll need to learn and master the following:

  1.  
  • Flying your drone(to stand out from people with basic drone shots)
  • Preparing for the flight and weather in advance
  • Learn the best drone settings (you need a proper setup template)
  • Create the Video Script (it's way easier if you know what to shoot)
  • Have a set of great cinematic shots you know how to do
  • Know how to edit the video so it stands out
  • Learn how to color grade

This is why you HAVE to invest in a proper way to learn things (instead of watching tutorials here and there).

3.Find clients that pay 5x more than regular

But not so fast.

You won’t make a penny if you don’t know how to find your clients.

I have struggled finding clients even when my videos were getting pretty good.

Until I learned a few tricks and how to find and approach them so they won’t be able to say no.

And what’s best, I learned how to get the price I asked for.

How can you do the same?

I have tested quite a few courses online and watched tons of videos on youtube, but frankly, I have learned more from one single course than from everything else… and all that in like a weekend.

Made back the money from this investment in myself in a single week and then much more.

 

How do I learn all of this? From youtube?

You could simply go online and learn everything in terms of video from youtube, forums, facebook groups etc.

However, let me tell you, it’s the worst way to learn all of this(and the slowest).

You won’t have a Complete Step By step guide on how to do everything.

I found myself frustrated, even after I learned how to do most of the video stuff that I still lacked some knowledge and I didn’t know why my shots weren’t standing out.

I got some general promotion ideas from some articles online, but again… I didn’t have much success and was charging too little for my time.

This is exactly where I learned how to make $200 per hour with my drone (From A to Z)

This course is hold by Alex Harris, who’s an international video creator, director, and drone operator with tons of experience.

And I had a great time stealing his know-how(and greatly profited from it, lol).

I recommend you watch his video presentation bellow and check out the course sales page. It’s quite cheap, considering you’re getting 320+ minutes of everything you need to know, step by step and 80+ minutes on how to actually find the ideal clients for you.

I'm a big drone enthusiast, the owner of DronesGator.com and I also make weekly videos on my drone YouTube channel.

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