Agencies Responsible for regulating drones in the Republic of Turkey
Republic of Turkey Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure –General Directorate of State Airports Authority
Drone Registry and Information Page: SIVIL HAVACILIK
UAS Laws – General rules for flying drones in Turkey
The Turkish agency responsible for drone safety, DGSAA, 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 Turkey?
Here are the most important rules to know for flying a drone in Turkey:
It is legal to purchase and fly drones.
Certain UAVs may not be imported into Turkey without submitting a Letter of Application to the customs office.
The use of model aircraft and small UAVs under 4 kg, with speed under 50 km/h and flight height under 100m is not regulated. Use is permitted in open areas for recreational and sport purposes.
It is required for pilots who intend to fly a UAS that weighs 500 gr or more on Turkish air space to be registered to the system and receive approval from the General Directorate of Civil Aviation. Register at the site linked here.
Notes for recreational drone pilots flying for fun in Turkey
You must follow the procedures outlined above, as well as those below.
You must not fly your drone higher than 120 meters (400 feet) above ground level.
UAVs weighing, less than 25 kilograms need no permit to be obtained from the government, for uses besides commercial use, such as sports activities and amateur purposes. You are required to be registered, as stated above, and get flying permission.
Additional Note For Foreign Operators
Since you cannot register as a Drone Pilot in Turkey using the above system, you will be restricted from flying in Turkey.
Your drone may be confiscated at the port of entry unless you get specific permission to import your drone. The Technical Compliance Application Form required is mentioned here: Import Permit Information however the link to the form was broken as of this writing.
You should contact the regulators directly
Notes for Commercial Drone Services operations in Turkey
Prior permission from authorities is required for commercial use.
Useful published information on flying drones in Turkey
Here is a useful video for those considering visiting Turkey with a Drone…
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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