16 October 2018

Drone laws in Romania. General Rules for Flying a Drone in Romania

Based on the public information on the Romanian Civil Aviation Authority (AACR) official website, here are the most important rules to know for flying a drone in Romania.


General Rules for Flying a Drone in Romania (2018)

- In Romania, drones irrespective of their weight and configuration are assimilated to "civil aircraft" as per the Romanian Aviation Code. To fly a drone in Romania, you must register it with the Romanian Civil Aviation Authority (AACR). AACR issues an Identification Certificate (Costs: 90 Euro + VAT).

- However, drones with a maximum take-off weight equal or less than 500 grams (1.10 pounds) are no longer required to hold a AACR identification certificate. If your drone exceeds the maximum take-off weight of 500 grams and your drone is already registered in other EU member state, you do not need to register again with AACR.

-  In addition to registering, each flight must be pre-approved by the Air Operations Center / the National Defense Ministry (COAP / MApN): +40 21 315 0105 / e-mail: fdex[at]roaf.ro. The following information is required by COAP / MApN: flight date, aircraft type, aircraft identification (YR-DXXXX), aircraft operator name, flight area (area defined by a point and a radius or point - Google Maps latitude and longitude Map, for example), flight altitude and flight time (start time and end time).

-  To conduct aerial photography / videography / mapping, an application must be submitted to and approved by the Ministry of Defense (MApN).

- Taking-off / landing of drones in city areas (buid-up area) and flying over densely populated areas and crowds of people is prohibited, unless a special prior authorisation is obtained.

- For drones with a maximum take-off weight equal or more than 20 kilograms (44.09 pounds), insurance is mandatory.

Romania Drone Regulations (UAV / UAS):

  1. Decision no. 912/2010 for the approval of the procedure for the authorisation of flights in the national airspace as well as the conditions under which the take-off and landing of civil aircraft may also be performed on / on other land or water surfaces than certified aerodromes; (Official Gazette, Part I No. 633 of 08.09.2010);
  2. RACR IA "Registration of Civil Aircraft";
  3. RACR AZAC "Flight Admissibility of Certain Civil Aircraft Categories";
  4. RACR OPS LAAG "Aircraft and general aviation";
  5. DN 14-02-001 "Issuing of Identification Certificates for Unmanned Civil Aircraft (UAV)" Edition 1 / Edition 2 /

Glossary:

UAV - Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
UAS - Unmanned Aerial Systems

3 comments ~ Drone laws in Romania. General Rules for Flying a Drone in Romania

  1. Hi, I will be travelling to Bucharest and would like to ask if any restriction flying my mavic air over there? I'm planing to visit the Palace of the Parliament? Any chance to get a permit for flying/filming there? Thanks in advance.

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  2. Mavic Air is below the 500 grams (1.10 pounds) threshold, so you do not need a AACR identification certificate. However, around the Palace of the Parliament is a NFZ (no fly zone). DJI would not allow you taking off the drone. Also there are sensitive areas including government or military facilities. So my advice is not to fly/take aerial video/photos there.

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