Drone flying, like everything else in Croatia, is strictly regulated.
Croatian Agency for Civil Aviation (HACZ) called on Friday all entities, especially media companies (TV, print media, electronic media), which use unmanned aircraft (drones), to ask aircraft operators to show them the authorization license which is issued by the HACZ.
They should also check whether the license covers the sort of operations contracted with the operator and whether the operator is included in the list of authorized system operators of unmanned aircraft, which can be found on HACZ’s website.
In its statement, the HACZ points out that recently there has been a noticeable disregard of the Ordinance on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, which endangers the safety of persons and property. Unlawful and improper flying of drones can lead to property damage, injuries or even fatal consequences.
The Ordinance forbids flying over centres of cities, towns and villages, groups of people (at a concert, wedding, event, protest, demonstrations, etc.) and above industrial areas where a falling drone could lead to ignition or explosion.
It is also forbidden to fly at night and at a distance of less than 150 metres from a group of people, and at a distance of less than 30 meters from individual people, animals, buildings, vehicles, boats, roads, railways, waterways and transmission lines, out of sight of the operator, as well as at the flight distance of more than 500 metres from the operator.
HACZ calls on all citizens to, if they notice that in their vicinity someone is operating unmanned aircraft which violate these rules, report the incident to the HACZ by using a special form which can be found on the Agency’s website. The form has an easy to remember name “Form for reporting unauthorized execution of flight operations of systems of unmanned aircraft”.