ANAC authorizes the use of commercial drones in Brazil

Drones released in Brazil (Photo: Reprodução, Olhar Digital)

On Tuesday May 2, 2017 the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) approved a norm that allows the use of commercial drones in Brazil.

The regulation is very long and will be available to the public from May 3, 2017 on the ANAC website. From then on, the Agency will now require the special license for pilots of unmanned aircraft weighting more than 25 kilograms.

It can be granted only to pilots over 18 years of age and it will be required also for drones weighting less than 25 kilograms and capable to fly above 120 meters.

If pilots intend to fly below 120 meters with drones weighting between 250 grams and 125 kilograms, they will only need to register on the ANAC website. For aircrafts weighing less than 250 grams, no procedure is required.

Those who do not conform to the norms can expect serious administrative, civil, and criminal proceedings.

With the approval of regulation, ANAC hopes this norm will allow drones to be used for purposes of rural jobs, public safety and, of course, delivery services.


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