Drone Laws in Hungary (updated for 2020)

drone laws in hungary
wieght limit of 500g for registration

no registration under 250g

can't fly over crowds of people

Don't fly over crowds

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Don't fly near airports

Don't fly near government

All Drone Laws in Hungary in 2020 (Ultimate Guide)

Hungary is an inspiring place and even better for your holiday plans. All types of drone flying within Hungary is subject to strict regulation. 

 

Who do I contact

The body responsible for regulating drones use by influencing directives on what they can and can’t do is the General Directorate of Air Transport (CAA). The quickest way to get a hold on them in the event you need clarification on an issue is through:

 

Email: caa@itm.gov.hu

Tel: (+36)12735526

Address: Aviation Authority, H-1675 Budapest, Pf 41

Are drones legal in Hungary?

Absolutely, Hungary allows the use of drones and unmanned aerial vehicles. It all depends on what you want to do with your drone. You can even bring your drone with you while on holiday provided you show proof of ownership. The rules keep it restricted to one drone per person. 

According to Hungarian laws, the weight of the drone is key when determining the category it lies in. To be exact:

  • Any drone below 250 g is exempt from registration
  • 250 g to 2 Kg forms another weight category
  • 2 Kg and 10 Kg 
  • 10 Kg and above

Back in the day, Budapest had a complete no tolerance policy when it came to drones, this is not the case today. However, there are strict security controls at the airport. Pay close attention to the policy of the airliners as some require the batteries to be detached and carried separately. 

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What are the drone rules in Hungary?

In June, Hungary plans to introduce a new set of drone rules. The stricter regulations are purposely aimed at preventing terrorism, protecting lives and maintaining the smooth running of airports. 

 

The rules will complement the new European Aviation Safety Agency laws which will kick in this June 2020. You can fly your drone in any location provided it does not fall within the drone license laws. The 3-color flight map is a product of Legter.hu comprising red, green and blue.

To fly any drone in Hungary, a license and liability insurance is a must-have. Presently, there are no express flight restrictions that hinder drone flight. With that in mind, stick to the basics such as:

As I mentioned earlier, the weight of your drone plays a key role, even in the case of liability insurance. Here are the figures:

  • Below 2 Kg – Insurance cover worth 10,000 Euros
  • Between 2 – 10 Kg – A cover worth 17,000 Euros
  • Anything above 10 Kg – The cover is 33,000 Euros
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Recreational drone use in Hungary

For recreational use, make your application 4 days before the flight. The process is absolutely free.

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Commercial drone use in Hungary

Authorization for commercial use must also be 30 days before the date, but it will be approved within 4 working days at most. The license fee is 10 euros, (60 Euros over national parks).

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How can I register my drone in Hungary?

Start by filling this form available online. You then forward it to the Military Aviation Authority, on their email at rpas@nfm.gov.hu. From there you shall be directed further on the next step.

I  know you almost froze when you read the Military part. Provided you have no intention to stir up trouble, then there is nothing to worry about. 

As part of the registration, you must explain:

  • Contact details
  • Purpose of flight
  • Details regarding your drone flight 

Can I fly a drone in Hungary without having it registered?

The only part about drone use where registration is waived is when using a drone weighing less than 250 g. 



Can I travel with my drone to Hungary by Airplane?

If you just check in at Budapest Airport, here are the regulations that apply to anyone carrying an unmanned aerial vehicle:

The baggage from transportation in hold should be safely packed to prevent any damage occurring. Both terminals have a baggage wrapping service. Find more details here.

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What is the penalty for breach of the laws?

Drone flights lacking adequate authorization are subjected to three misdemeanor categories.  The fines vary from 0 to 300,000 euros. Part of the new laws kicking in this June will try to standardize the fines process. For instance, if a drone pilot happens to threaten or endanger someone’s life, authorities can launch a criminal prosecution. 

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What are my top drones to fly safely in Hungary?

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 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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What are the restricted areas for flying drones in Hungary?

The best way to figure out what areas you can fly in, while you're here is by consulting DJI offilicial map.

The flight map should have the zones clearly carved out, however, it's best to generally stay away from the Eastern and Southern parts of the country.

Flying over the parks is granted on a case by case basis. Seek authorization before you do so

  • 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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