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New European rules for drones go into effect next summer

New European drone rules will go into effect in July 2020. Credit: © Belga

New rules for flying drones in Europe will come into effect in July 2020.

Belgium introduced its own set of rules in 2016, but the new European rules are going to be much different, says Seppe Oyen, community manager of the Limburg drone campus Droneport, according to New Mobility.

The old rules used the theory “that nothing is allowed unless we say otherwise,” Oyen said. “The new rules are just the opposite: anything is possible unless we say something is not.”

Drones weighing up to 25 kilograms can fly 120 metres high as long as they avoid crowds.

Drones weighing more than 250 grams must have an alarm system, be able to send a signal and data about its position, height, flight direction, and pilot. Drones must also have a warning system to tell pilots if the drone is in an unauthorised area.

The Belgian Civil Drone Council met on Tuesday to go over the new rules.

Sam Nelson
The Brussels Times