Agencies Responsible for regulating drones in the Argentine Republic (Argentina)
UAS Laws – General rules for flying drones in Argentina
The Argentine agency responsible for drone safety, ANAC, has provided a number of internet-accessible details on flying for fun or for work. The highlights are enumerated below. For more details go to the link above.
Are drones allowed in Argentina?
According to ANAC, drones are allowed in Argentina for recreational and commercial use, subject to ANAC regulations. Read on for details.
Here are the most important rules to know for flying a drone in Argentina:
- All drones must be registered before the National Aircraft Registry of the ANAC.
- The minimum age to operate a drone is 18 years old. Persons 16 and 17 years old may pilot a drone if accompanied and supervised by a responsible adult at the time of the operation.
- Drones are prohibited within 5 kilometers (3 miles) of airports, aerodromes, and heliports.
- Drones are prohibited in densely populated areas or over crowds of people.
- Do not fly your drone higher than 122 meters
- You must fly during daylight hours and only fly in good weather conditions
- Do not fly your drone in sensitive areas including government or military facilities. The use of drones or camera drones in these areas are prohibited
- You must maintain a visual line of sight with your drone at all times
- Do not operate your drone within 30 meters of any building
Drones are divided into several categories, the most relevant are the classifications by purpose and weight.
- Recreation: Use for recreation, hobby, etc, without any profit intentions
- Commercial: Use for profit
- Class A: up to 500 grams
- Class B: more than 500 grams to 5 kilograms
- Class C: more than 5 kg to 25 kg
- Class D: more than 25 kg to 150 kg
- Class E: more than 150 kilograms
Drones must be registered, with the exception of Class A for recreational use.
Notes for recreational drone pilots flying for fun in Argentina
You will not need a permit or a license to fly a drone in Argentina as long as you fly a drone weighing less than 10 kg and do not fly in a restricted/forbidden zone. However, you will need to register your drone prior to flying it in Argentina.
To be eligible, you will also need to be at least 16 years old to operate a drone for recreational use in Argentina (if you are between 16 & 18 years old, you will need the supervision of an adult).
- Mark your drone with an identification plate.
- Fly at a maximum altitude of 122 m (43 m within controlled airspace).
- Fly during daytime only.
- Fly a drone weighing less than 10 kg (you will need to register it if heavier).
- Fly 5 km away from airports, heliports (500 m) & give priority to all other categories of aircraft if you see an aircraft during your flight, land immediately.
- Fly away from vehicles, large crowds & respect individuals’ privacy.
- Fly 30 m horizontally away & 10 m vertically away from people
- Do not carry anything or drop any object with your drone.
- It is advised to subscribe to insurance covering all risks.
- Fly only one drone at a time & do not carry anything when flying your drone.
- Ask before flying to any governmental, religious, or military sites.
- Do not fly under the influence of any drugs or alcohol.
Notes for Commercial Drone Services operations in Argentina
Commercial drone operations require:
- Contract liability insurance for possible damages to third parties during the operation.
- A theoretical-practical evaluation approves authorization from the ANAC as a “member of the remote crew.”
- A psychophysiological aptitude certificate.
- An operations manual and an adequate risk management system.
During the flight, your drone must have a sticker with your name and address on it.
Useful published information on flying drones in Argentina
Here is a sample of what you might expect if you follow the drone laws and fly in Argentina…
NOTE: Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (SUAS), Small UAS, Remote Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS), unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), and drone are interchangeable terms unless specified. Model aircraft, toy aircraft, Remote controlled aircraft, and RC aircraft may be covered by the same regulations unless specified.
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