Spain

Spain has the some of the strictest drone laws in the world. Though the standard considerations for drone flight are still upheld, you may see yourself getting a hefty fine (€225,000) for any breach of the following restrictions:

  1. It is prohibited to fly drones in urban areas and crowds of people, which include beaches, concerts, parks, demonstrations, processions, etc.
  2. You cannot fly drones at night
  3. It is forbidden to fly drones near airports, airfields and other controlled airspace and endanger others
  4. You must fly the drone within the visual range of the pilot, at a distance of no more than 500 m and at a height no more than 400 feet above the ground

With commercial use being regulated being restricted to:

  1. Research and development activities
  2. Air, pesticides and other treatments involving spreading substances in the soil or the atmosphere, including product launch activities for firefighting
  3. Aerial surveys
  4. Observation and aerial surveillance activities including filming and monitoring of forest fires
  5. Aerial advertising, radio and TV
  6. Emergency operations, search and rescue
  7. Other special works not included in the above list

For the use of a drone for recreational use, no authorization from the AESA is needed. You still have to follow the basic guidelines for flying which are:

  1. Before using a drone, it must always be visible and must not exceed 120 meters high. 
  2. While it is not necessary to be a pilot, you should be able to fly with some confidence

The same restrictions applicable to commercial flying drones are applicable to recreational drones:

  1. You cannot fly in urban areas or crowds of people
  2. You cannot fly at night

It is forbidden to fly drones near airports or airfields as well as flying drones in areas where other flights are operating at a low altitude and endangering others.


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