Regulations drones

Drone Regulations

 

In the Netherlands, you cannot just fly a drone anywhere. In areas of the airspace that are controlled by air traffic control, such as at airports, drones are not allowed to fly at all. There are also areas in the Netherlands with restricted access for drones. Flying in certain areas is sometimes temporarily suspended during large events or festivals. For some zones you simply need permission from the governing body to fly. This is often the case for nature reserves. Would you like to find out where you can fly? Click here for the government map.

 

Differences between hobby use, ROC-light and ROC

Other than specific restricted zones, you can fly your drone anywhere in the Netherlands as long as you meet the requirements. There is however still a difference between hobby use, ROC-light and ROC.

 

Hobby Use

  • Exclusively recreational flight;
  • The drone may not fly higher than 120 meters;
  • When necessary, always give right of way to other air traffic;
  • The drone must give an appropriate berth between people and buildings;
  • The drone must always be within your line of sight;
  • The drone may not be flown in the dark.

 

ROC-Light (small drone license)

  • Flying for profession or for a fee;
  • The drone may not fly higher than 50 meters;
  • The drone must be within 100 meters of the pilot;
  • The drone may not be heavier than 4 kg;
  • Pilot must have completed a theoretical exam for drones of 1-4kg (costs €725, takes 2 days)
  • Must have liability insurance (costs €600 per year)
  • Drone has PH Number and is registered (costs €950)

 

ROC (large drone license)

  • Flying for profession or for a fee;
  • Possible exemptions from no-fly zones;
  • The drone may not fly higher than 120 meters;
  • The drone must be within 500 meters of the pilot;
  • The drone may not weigh more than 150 kg;
  • Theoretical and practical exams must be taken by pilot;
  • Technical examination must be carried out;
  • Customdrone will write an operational manual;
  • Must have liability insurance.

 

 

Rules ROC ROC-Light
Maximum drone weight 150 kg 4kg
Maximum distance from pilot (when within sight) 500 m 100 m
Maximum flight height 120 m 40 or 50 m
0-4 kg distance from people, buildings, roads, monuments etc. with the restriction of “max 100 m from the pilot and max height 50 m” 25 or 50 m 50 m
NB: Possible exemption from rules to fly closer Yes No
Helicopter (including MultiRotor) (H) 0-25 kg distance from crowds, buildings, ships, roads, monuments etc. 25 m No
NB: Possible exemption from rules to fly closer Yes No
Aircraft fixed wing (A) or “other class” (OA) 0-25kg distance to crowds, buildings, ships, roads, monuments etc. 50 m No
NB: Possible exemption from rules to fly closer Yes No
25-150 kg distance to crowds, buildings, roads > 80 km/h 150m No
NB: Possible exemption from rules to fly closer Yes No
25-150 kg distance to ships, monuments, industry etc. 50 m No
NB: Possible exemption from rules to fly closer Yes No
Flying in flight area class G Yes Yes
Flying in (parts of) flight area class C and D with permission from owner Yes No
Flying within 3 km of a non-towered airport with permission from owner Yes No

 

 

Required training and inspections ROC and ROC-light

 

Required Training and Inspections ROC ROC-light
Theoretical knowledge including exam Yes Yes
Flight training Yes No
Technical Inspection Application Yes No
Operational Handbook Yes No

 

 

Costs of ROC and ROC-light

Aside from the costs from the government and instructors, there are additional costs. This differs per drone, but you can expect +/- €7000 extra costs for a ROC-light training.

 

These costs are in the training, inspections and our service to complete all the paperwork included such as the technical inspection, the operational manual, etc.

 

Costs

ROC Light

  • Training per person €700
  • Drone registration (Customdrone service) €950
  • Insurance €400 per year

 

Total +/- €2050

ROC

  • Training theory and exam €1700
  • Flight training €1800
  • Technical inspection €2200
  • Insurance €500 per year
  • Registration, operational handbook and technical documentation (Customdrone service package) €1000-€5000

 

Total +/- €7500

 

All-In-One Package

 

Aside from these fixed costs, there are extra costs to provide all the documentation – this varies per drone. We do this to relieve the client, so the client will receive a registered drone without having to worry about the details.

 

You can also choose not to purchase the service package.

 

 

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