Agencies Responsible for regulating drones in Georgia
UAS Laws – General rules for flying drones in Georgia
The Georgian agency responsible for drone safety, GCAA, has provided several internet-accessible details on flying for fun or work. The highlights are enumerated below. For more details go to the links above.
Are drones allowed in the country of Georgia?
According to GCAA, drone use is allowed in Georgia, subject to GCAA regulations. Read on for more details.
Here are the most important rules to know for flying a drone in Georgia:
Unmanned aircraft weighing less than 250 grams (.55 pounds), are exempt from most regulations according to the GCAA.
- Under the supervision of an adult, children as young as 14 years old may operate drones. Children under the age of 13 may not use a drone.
- Avoid flying drones over structures, crowds, busy intersections, or high-tension power lines.
- At all times, the Pilot in Command must maintain direct visual contact with the drone without assistance.
- Drones should not be flown higher than 400 feet above any physical terrain or body of water.
- Avoid flying drones close to planes or airports. Horizontal separation of at least 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) from any aerodrome is required.
- Using a drone to commit a crime is against the law.
- It is illegal to fly a drone over public or private property for aerial photography. Under Georgian law, violations of one’s privacy rights are punishable.
- Liability insurance is required for drone operators.
- Drones should not exceed 25 kilograms (55 pounds) in weight and should fly at a maximum speed of 54 kilometers per hour (33 mph).
You must register any drone with a maximum take-off mass of more than 5 kg.
- The registration certificate is valid for the duration of the unmanned aerial vehicle’s existence and is perpetual. Once every two years, the Agency is authorized to request confirmation of the existence of an unmanned aerial vehicle.
- Each unmanned aerial vehicle entered into the database is assigned a unique five-digit identification number.
- Unmanned aircraft are registered using the “Unmanned Aircraft Registration Certificate.”
You must submit the following documents to the Agency to obtain a certificate:
- A statement;
- Proof of registration fee payment;
- A copy of the applicant’s identification document (if they are a natural person);
- Technical and flight characteristics documentation.
Notes for recreational drone pilots flying for fun in Georgia
See General Rules above.
Notes for Commercial Drone Services operations in Georgia
See General Rules above.
Useful published information on flying drones in Georgia
Here is a sample of what you might expect if you follow the drone laws and fly in the country of Georgia…
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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