Agencies Responsible for regulating drones in the Republic of Armenia
UAS Laws – General rules for flying drones in Armenia
The Armenian agency responsible for drone safety, GDCA, has provided several internet-accessible details on flying for fun or work. The highlights are enumerated below. For more details go to the link above to check for recent updates.
Are drones allowed in Armenia?
According to GDCA, drone operations are allowed in Armenia subject to GDCA regulations. Read on for more details.
Here are the most important rules to know for flying a drone in Armenia:
The Civil Aviation Committee of the Republic of Armenia has launched the development of a new regulation related to the safe operation and registration of Unmanned Aircraft (Drones).
The regulation does not concern unmanned aircraft weighing less than 250 grams, toy unmanned aircraft (for kids), and exploitation of unmanned aerial vehicles in private closed areas.
People younger than 14 will be allowed to operate drones under the supervision of an adult.
The rule will be available soon. Before that, please follow the general requirements:
- Do not make any changes to the drone, unless approved by the manufacturer.
- Do not fly higher than 50 m from the ground unless permitted by the Civil Aviation Committee.
- Do not operate the unmanned aircraft in the evening, at night, in the dark time.
- Do not operate unmanned aircraft over the cities, streets, park areas, and in the airspace where operation of unmanned aircraft has been preliminarily restricted. Do not operate unmanned aircraft in congested and crowded areas.
- Do not operate unmanned aircraft over the building and playing fields, in close vicinity to traffic, high-tension power lines, and radars.
- Do not operate the unmanned aircraft in close vicinity to aircraft, airports, and aerodromes. The horizontal distance to a controlled restricted area of an aerodrome shall be not less than 7 km.
- Do not operate unmanned aircraft for an unlawful purpose. Making aerial photography in general public or private property is possible only with permission from the owner of such property. Keep in mind that personal privacy and inviolability of private property are warranted and protected by Armenian law.
- Keep in mind that the owner/operator of unmanned aircraft has full responsibility for its safe operation. Improper operation of UAVs may endanger aviation and public safety.
- Strongly follow the requirements by the existing 56N GDCA order of 2007 year (updated in 2016).
- Make sure you are adequately insured.
- Check your drone before each flight; make sure the electronic identification and geo-awareness system (if installed) of your drone are up-to-date.
- Operate your drone within the performance limitations defined in the instructions provided by the manufacturer. Before operating the unmanned aircraft, make sure that all of its elements work properly.
- Continuously maintain visual contact with unmanned aircraft without using any supporting devices (telescope, binocular, electro-optical image amplifier). It is prohibited to operate unmanned aircraft at a height more than 50 m above terrain or water surface without special permission.
- Familiarize yourself with the area where you want to operate your drone, plan your flight.
- Check the weather conditions. Operation of unmanned aircraft in adverse weather conditions may be dangerous for you and surrounding persons and destructive for the device.
- Inform Civil Aviation Committee if your drone is involved in an accident that resulted in a serious or fatal injury to a person or affects a crewed aircraft.
Notes for recreational drone pilots flying for fun in Armenia
See general rules above.
Notes for Commercial Drone Services operations in Armenia
See general rules above.
Useful published information on flying drones in Armenia
Here is a sample of what you might expect if you follow the drone laws and fly in Armenia…
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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