DRONES DURING HOLIDAYS - WHERE CAN AND CAN'T WE FLY ...
The holiday flying season has started. The sky will be crowded, not only thanks to charter the flights to hot countries, but also with the launch of thousands of drones, which are especially popular in Poland. It is even said that Poland is one of the countries in which the drone market is growing at the fastest pace. According to the Civil Aviation Authority, in mid-May 2016 in Poland, we had almost 2.5 thousand valid certificates of qualifications issued for operators of an unmanned aircraft, as drones should formally be called. But a certificate of qualifications is valid only for people who want to use drones for purposes other than sports and recreation, including primarily for commercial purposes. The others use drones without such documents. However, all pilots of such "aircraft" have the same responsibility for violation of the rules. And they boil down primarily to checking that the area in which we want to use the drone has not just been excluded from traffic, and to maintaining an appropriate distance from "animate and inanimate objects."
Check where you can't fly ...
Polish Air Navigation Services Agency, as the entity managing airspace in Poland, has developed a special application: http://ai.pansa.pl/dron/, updated every few hours. It provides access to a map of selected structures in spaces where you can not fly, or where it is required to coordinate flights of unmanned aircraft and flying models weighing not more than 25 kg and performed exclusively within sight of the operator.
The map shows areas completely restricted for drone flights, or which require coordination of flights with the entity managing these spaces and to obtain prior consent.
Thus, if for some reason you need to pilot there, contact in advance (a few days before the flight) the organization managing the particular zone and check the possibility of performing the flight and obtaining the consent. The mere notification of the intention of making a flight is not tantamount to OBTAINING CONSENT for it.
Please note that the application does not cover ...
- permanent airspace structures with a lower limit of over 150 m above ground level, that is, stick to the general principle of not exceeding a flight altitude of 150 meters with the drone,
- flexible space elements, which may be temporarily active, wherein RPA flights are not permitted or are subject to the rules resulting from the Regulation of the Minister of Infrastructure dated November 25, 2008 on the structure of Polish airspace and detailed conditions and manner of using that space. Information concerning the planned activity of these structures is available on PANSA's website in the AMC / map tab. In case of doubt or for confirmation on the current day of activity of flexible space structures, the information can be obtained from AMC Poland.
A reminder ...
1. Use the drone in open spaces. Always.
2. The drone must remain in sight of the operator.
3. You can not fly it in the vicinity of airports and airstrips, directly above people, buildings and roads.
4. Maintaining a safe distance from other objects and maintaining a safe altitude, and avoiding collisions with another airspace user, and yielding is ALWAYS the responsibility of the PERSON PILOTING THE DRONE.
5. A Certificate of Qualifications is a document confirming that the operator of the unmanned aircraft can safely control it, has the required medical examinations and civil liability insurance. The Certificate of Qualifications is issued by the President of the Civil Aviation Authority, after successfully passing a theoretical and practical exam.
6. The space at altitudes above 150 meters is used by most manned aircraft for which it is the minimum flight altitude.
7. Some types of aircraft, for example paragliders, powered gliders may fly at lower altitudes.
8. When flying a drone, we should respect the privacy of others, especially when photographing and filming. Think in advance and obtain consent for taking such pictures or making videos.
9. When using a drone, regardless of the purpose, we have to remember that we are not exempt of knowledge of aviation law, that is, our every action that may endanger third parties is punishable. Breaking these laws can result in up to five years in prison.
The NATO Summit in Warsaw on July 7-10 2016 - do not fly at this time within a radius of 100 km from the National Stadium.
World Youth Days July 25 - August 1, 2016. - do not fly at this time within a radius of 100 km from Kraków Blonie and 50 km from Jasna Góra.
The Polish Air Navigation Services Agency would like to remind about the restrictions in air traffic during the NATO Summit and the World Youth Days, introduced by the Armed Forces Branches Operational Command (DORSZ).
Between 7 to 10 July 2016 Warsaw will host the "NATO Summit" and on 25.07-01.08.2016 the vicinity of Kraków and Częstochowa will host the World Youth Days. On these days significant restrictions on air traffic are to be introduced for many types of aviation activities, and even bans on flights within a radius of 100 km from the National Stadium in Warsaw and within a radius of 100 km from Kraków Błonie, and 50 km from Jasna Góra. This applies particularly to general aviation, flying aircraft models, unmanned aerial "drones", paragliders, etc.
Only certain flights are excluded from this ban: flights Air Rescue flights, state aviation flights, SAR flights, military flights, police flights, fire brigade flights, cruise and charter flights of passenger aircraft.
Categorical ban on drone flights for all types of aviation activities performed both for sports and recreation purposes, as well as others, that is for "commercial" purposes. PANSA would like to remind that the flight ban on "drones" also applies to those operators of flying aircraft models and unmanned aircraft, for whom long-term conditions for flights in the CTR controlled zones were issued by PANSA.
At the same time, the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency would like to remind that, in accordance with article 212 sect. 1 point A of the Act of July 3, 2002. Aviation law: anyone who violates the provisions relating to air traffic in force in the area in which the flight takes place using an aircraft shall be punished by imprisonment up to five years.