Keep away from Industrial
Line of sight
3 km from airports
Don't fly over crowds
All Drone Laws in Belgium (updated for 2020)
Unlike other countries in the region, Belgium does not have a specific set of rules governing drones and their use. It, however, has three classes of operation, each requiring a special license.
Drones are instead put into classes. Rather than categorize the drone under recreational or commercial, the yardstick here is much different. Very strict controls and standards of operation are required of every drone user.
Yes. Drone flying is legal in Belgium according to the national travel and aviation authorities. The Belgium Civil Aviation Authority (BCAA) and the Federal Public Service Mobility and Transport (FPS) recommend self-awareness with drone regulations.
The best place to get in touch with the BCAA is by contacting them at:
- Tel: +32 (02) 277.43.07
Can I travel with my drone to Belgium?
Yes, you can. Start by registering for the Belgian aviation register. If the drone is already registered in another country, there will be no need for that. More rules on how Belgian laws apply to foreigners with drones are available here:
What are the drone laws in Belgium?
Besides these right here, there's specific drone laws depending on what class of pilot and drone there's involved. More on that bellow, to see where you fit.
Keep away from industrial installations
Powerplants and military zones are included
Don't go near airports
Keep away from restricted airspaces 3km. As well as 1km away form helipads and helicopter training areas.
No flying over large crowds
You cannot fly over people, whether by a beach, park, sporting oval or a random public event.
Line of Sight
Keep the drone within the line of sight
How are drones classified in Belgium?
So where does my drone lie according to Belgian law? In which category? The criteria that determine your drone is dependent on the weight and purpose of use.
Private use (Recreation)
- You should not exceed 10 meters (32.8 ft) high.
- Only fly on private terrains such as your farm, backyard or property.
- The drone must weigh less than 2.2 lbs (1 Kg).
- Remain within your line of sight
- Fly during the day.
- Open to all ages
Model aircraft (Recreation)
- Model aircraft have a take-off weight between 1 Kg (2.2lbs) and 150 Kg (330 lbs)
- Remain within line of sight.
- Open to all ages
Class 2 (Commercial)
This is the low-risk category as users:
- Limit their drone flight to 45 meters (150 ft) outside controlled airspace or residential communities.
- Fly the drone during the day
- Remain within line of sight
- The pilot must be at least 16 years old.
Class 1a operations (Commercial)
This is the moderate risk drone category where users:
- Fly their drones on controlled airspace up to 90 meters (300 ft).
- If your flight path comes within 50 meters of goods and people.
- The pilot must be 18 years old
- Need a certificate of competence
Class 1b operations (Commercial)
This category is of high risk. That being so, users:
- Fly their drone 90 meters (300 ft) above ground.
- Do not go anywhere 50 meters(164 ft) from people/goods
- Limit operations to daytime.
- Weigh less than 150 Kg (330 lbs)
- Maintain a direct line of sight
- The drone pilot must be 18 years old.
- Need a drone pilot license
- Need a drone conformity certificate
Any other operation missing from this list should be regarded as a class A operation.
Is FPV legal in Belgium?
It's still not clear at the moment given conflicting opinions.
Can I fly over private terrain?
Yes. This is regarded as private land. However, you must ensure you are in adherence to other BCAA flight requirements.
Can I drop off an object such as a parcel using a recreational or commercial drone?
Whatever your criteria of drone, the transport of mail, cargo and people is prohibited.
Can a pilot fly a recreational drone over a populated beach, recreational stadium or sporting event?
Unless you have the right authorization and are operating under the right class of drone classification, this is not allowed.
How can I register my drone for commercial use in Belgium?
How do I get a remote pilot license in Belgium?
Apply for a remote pilot license from BCAA. You will undergo a test consisting of a theoretical and practical course conducted by a licensed examiner from BCAA. This license is meant for remote pilots within the class 1a and b category.
Eligibility criteria are simple. Are you over 18 years old? Have you undergone a medical evaluation from the following facilities? If the answer to both questions is yes, then you can apply for a drone pilot license.
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What does the drone pilot license comprise of?
A 50 question theory test on Metrology, Belgium Air Laws, Aircraft Technology, General Flight Operations, and Privacy rights.
You must select a certified RPAS flight school operating in Belgium that offers training. Here are some of the top selections.
As soon as you are ready to register, proceed at firstname.lastname@example.org and pick a suitable exam day. The exams are normally done at DGAS.
What is the required pass score?
Score anything above 75 percent and you are good to go.
How do I get the certificate of competence in Belgium?
A certificate of competence is a license for any pilot within the class 2 category. It is also issued by BCAA and requires the user to pass a theoretical exam and a practical skill test issued by the same body. A certificate of competency comprises of:
- Personal theory and basic knowledge of Metrology, Belgium Air Laws, Aircraft Technology, General flight information, and privacy rights.
- Practical exam conducted by a registered and certified RPAS flight school
- On completion, the school gives you a number which is your certificate.
How long does the certificate of competency last?
The certification lasts for a lifetime. However, if you lose it, you have to repeat the whole process once more.
For further exam related information, reach out to email@example.com
Do I need to express authorization from BCAA before flying my drone
Not always. For instance, operating a drone on private terrain or model aircraft terrain exempts the user from registering the drone or seeking a flight approval from BCAA.
All other cases of drones particularly class 2, 1a and 1b need to adhere to the Royal Decree requirements of:
- Register your drone at BCAA
- Have a certificate of competence for class 2 operations
- Have a remote pilot license for class 1 operations
- Have the organization you represent make a declaration that they are in full compliance with national class 1b requirements or 1a of BCAA.
What are the restricted areas for flying drones in Belgium?
As a remote pilot you should ensure:
Can I travel with my drone to Belgium via plane?
Absolutely, however, check with the airline to find out that their flight requirements are. For instance, some do not allow carrying a drone on-board if the batteries are not detached and placed in a special fire case.
If the airline has a battery voltage limit, you will be forced to abide by it. More information on this can be found here
What are the rules around recreational drones?
No license required provided your operation falls within the Private use and Model aircraft designations.
Can I be penalized?
Absolutely. The severity of the penalty or punishment relayed for contravening the drone laws will depend on just how off you missed the mark. The judge will try to ascertain whether you committed the offense deliberately or within your scope of commercial operation.
What are my top drones to fly safely in Belgium?
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)
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2.Dji Mavic Air - A great professional drone under 500g
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