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Aviation Regulator launches Drone Safely campaign

07 Dec 2022
The IAA today launched their ‘Drone Safely This Christmas’ Campaign. If you’re thinking of getting a drone this Christmas, you need to make sure you register as an Operator with the aviation regulator and that you know the rules before you fly. This advice comes ahead of the busiest shopping days in the lead up to Christmas.

Jim Gavin, Director People & Operations from the Irish Aviation Authority, Aviation Regulator commenting on drone safety said:

            “Drone use has increased significantly in recent years. Piloting a drone is fun but it comes with responsibilities, and no matter what their use or purpose, drones can raise challenges from both safety and privacy perspectives. Flying a drone in public requires training, as they can have serious consequences if they are flown inappropriately, or collide with a person, an animal or an aircraft.

So, if you do get a drone this Christmas, find out if you need to register as an operator with the Aviation Regulator and get trained.”

The Irish Aviation Authority became one of the first aviation regulators in the world to introduce regulations and mandatory drone registration in December 2015. Consumers who buy drones that are over 250g, or a drone fitted with a camera, are legally required to register as a drone operator. If you are a drone operator safety is your responsibility. You need to ensure you are always in control of the drone and that you remain compliant with the law.

Enda Walsh, UAS Manager/Drones Champion from the Irish Aviation Authority added.

“The vast majority of drone users fly safely and are compliant with the regulations. However, we are concerned that there are many drone owners who are not registered, who may be flying unsafely and putting people and other aircraft at risk. If you see anyone you believe to be flying dangerously or using a drone irresponsibly, we encourage you to contact the IAA. Reckless use of a drone or inappropriate use of its camera may result in prosecution,”

One important exemption to registration is for toy drones. A toy drone is one where it states clearly on the box or in its documentation that it complies with the regulation on toy safety and it is intended "for use in play by children under 14 years of age". These types of drones are usually small and only suitable for indoor flying.

For more information on IAA Drone Safety Regulations and registration process, visit Stay updated by searching the following @IAApress or searching #DroneSafety.