Remotely-controlled aircraft (Drones)

The main rules in force on the use of drones

  •  It is prohibited to fly a drone at a height of more than 130 metres without special permission from the Icelandic Transport Authority.  Applications for permissions. The base fee for the issuance of a permission to fly a drone is specified in section 14.1. in Icelandic Transport Authority tariff . 
  •  It is prohibited to fly a drone within a specific distance from the boundary of an aerodrome without permission from the airport operator. However, no special permission is needed where the drones are flown below the height of the highest structures in the immediate vicinity of the flight trajectory of the drone.

The existing distance limit for aerodromes with scheduled air services, is 2 km. The existing distance limit from other aerodromes is 1.5 km.

Here is a map showing the boundaries of Keflavik International Airport and Reykjavik Airport.
List of airports with scheduled air transport.

  •  The approval of an aerodrome operator is always needed for all flying within the aerodrome site.
  •  Operators of drones are responsible for their use and the damage they may cause.

Further information:

AIC A 005/2017 - Aeronautical Information Circular (AIC) on unmanned aircraft/drones - in publishing process .

AIC A 001/2014 - Aeronautical Information Circular (AIC) on the operation of unmanned aircraft.

EASA Prototype  of EASA Rules on drones, with notes.

The Icelandic Transport Authority has been actively involved in the international debate on regulations for drones and is closely monitoring the planning that takes place all over the world.  Draft Regulation on drones, prepared by the Icelandic Transport Authority, has been published by the Ministry of the Interior , which has requested comments on it.

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