AIC – ÍSLAND / ICELAND
Isavia ANS ehf., Reykjavíkurflugvelli, 102 Reykjavík /
Isavia ANS, Reykjavik Airport, IS-102 Reykjavik, Iceland
Sími / Telephone: + 354 424 4000
ais@isavia.is
http://www.isavia.is/ 

 
AIC A 018 / 2017
Effective from  15 DEC 2017
Published on 15 DEC 2017
 

 
Fjarstýrð loftför (drónar eða flugmódel) /
Remotely piloted aircraft (drone or aircraft model)
 

Content Responsibility:  Icelandic Transport Authority

1 Remotely piloted aircraft (drone or aircraft model)

With Regulation No 990/2017 on the operation of remotely piloted aircraft, entering into force on 15 December 2017, rules on flight and operations of remotely piloted aircraft (drone or aircraft model) enter into force in Iceland.

The regulation distinguishes between flight of remotely piloted aircraft for leisure or professional purpose, but specific requirements apply to the operations of remotely piloted aircraft when used for professional purpose.

Following are general restrictions on the flight of remotely piloted aircraft (drones or aircraft models) according to the Regulation, but further requirements for the flight of remotely piloted aircraft (drones or aircraft models) are stipulated in the Regulation.

It is prohibited to fly a remotely piloted aircraft over crowds of people.

Within urban areas, remotely piloted aircraft (drone or aircraft model) that is being flown for leisure may weigh a maximum of 3 kg.

Without consent from the owner, caretaker or residents´ association, remotely piloted aircraft (drone or aircraft model) may not be flown closer to residential buildings or premises, than 50 meters.

In areas outside urban areas, remotely piloted aircraft (drone or aircraft model) weighing a maximum of 25 kg may be flown. Without consent from the owner or caretaker, remotely piloted aircraft may not be flown closer to summer houses, residential buildings or premises outside urban areas, than 150 meters.

The instructions, restrictions and prohibition by air traffic services, police, the Icelandic Coast Guard, the Icelandic Transport Authority and other authorities on flights of remotely piloted aircraft (drone or aircraft model) in specific areas shall be followed, including restrictions of flights within protected areas based on the Nature Conservation Act or on the basis of special acts that may apply to the area concerned.

All air traffic as well as other traffic shall be taken into account. Airspace shall be monitored where remote piloted flights (drone or aircraft model) take place so that the flight can be stopped or diverted if manned aircraft approaches the space. At the same time, care shall be taken that flights will not interfere with any other traffic such as ships or vehicles and not impair the attention of pilots or other persons on board. Remotely piloted aircraft (drone or aircraft model) shall keep out of the way of other traffic and may not be used to affect other traffic.

It is prohibited to fly a remotely piloted aircraft (drone or aircraft model) at an altitude greater than 120 m above the ground or sea.

It is prohibited to fly within 150 meters from public buildings such as Parliament, the President's Residence, ministries, police stations and prisons.

A permit from the airport operator is required for flying a remotely piloted aircraft (drone or aircraft model) within an aerodrome area.

A permit from Isavia is required for flying a remotely piloted aircraft (drone or aircraft model) within:

  1. 2 km from Keflavik Airport, Reykjavik Airport, Akureyri Airport and Egilsstadir Airport;
  2. 1.5 km from the boundary of other airports with scheduled air transport,

with the exception that flights may be operated below the height of the highest structures in the immediate vicinity of the flight trajectory of the aircraft.
 

Application for permission shall be filed on the Isavia website.

Extreme caution and care shall be exercised in the proximity of other aerodromes and landing and take-off areas. Remotely piloted aircraft (drone or aircraft model) shall always make way for other air traffic. Information on boundaries of runways and scheduled air service airports can be found on the website of the Icelandic Transport Authority.

Remotely piloted aircraft flights (drone or aircraft model) shall always be conducted within the visual line of sight of a remote pilot or an RPA observer of a remotely piloted aircraft. However, a remotely piloted aircraft (drone or aircraft model) weighing less than 3 kg may be flown out of line of sight of a remote pilot in case of flights outside urban and habited areas provided that spacing is ensured and provided that the flight does not threaten persons, animals and manned aircraft or causes damage to property or disruption to bird colonies or wildlife habitats.

The Icelandic Transport Authority issues permits and exemptions for the operations of non-recreational, remotely piloted aircraft, according to Regulation No 990/2017.

Application for permission or exemptions for the operations of non-recreational, remotely piloted aircraft shall be filed on the Icetra website.

AIC hereby cancelled:  

A 001/2014, A 017/2017

NOTAM incorporated in this AIC:

NIL

END