January 30th, 2017 – Date of the last modification: February 20, 2017.
You are foreigner and you want to fly a drone in France for recreation purposes or as professionnal. Ensuring people and other aircraft are under your responsibility. For this reason, you should check before if your insurance covers you for your practice in France.
The French authorities for aerial transports (DGAC) propose a summary of the ten rules to use a drone for recreation purposes in France. We propose you the 10 rules, the document as PDF file to download and an interactive aero map with a legend to know where to fly as recreation user. As professional drone pilot or operator you could find informations, at the end. When in doubt, ask for more information (contacts list below).
Fly a drone in France for recreation purposes by French DGAC authorities
Interactive aero map and limitations of flying drones in France for recreation purposes
This interactive aero map
below where you can navigate (Use your mouse and the + and -) has been made to facilitate the identification of aeras authorized or not overflying.
Specific authorizations for foreign professional drones pilots or operators in France
The aerial pictures market with drones (“activités particulières” in French) is open to foreign drones pilots or operators in France under certain conditions:
Use of drones and regulations in Europe
In Europe, the use of drones is only possible under certain conditions established by law. When you fly a drone, you become de facto users of the airspace. Airspace is a regulated space. To operate your drone, you must therefore obey the aviation rules applicable in the country. The use of a drone equipped with a camera or other sensor might be highly intrusive. You must always respect others privacy and personal data, complying to the applicable regulations. Finally, as operating a drone may represent safety risks, do not forget to comply with your insurance obligations. Dronerules.eu website propose you the european regulations, for drones, by countries, in different languages:
For further informations:
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