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The rules on drone use in Luxembourg
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The rules on drone use in Luxembourg

by ADW 09.01.2019 From our online archive
With the recent drama surrounding drones at London's Gatwick and Heathrow airports, what are the regulations in Luxembourg?
Photo: Shutterstock
Photo: Shutterstock

The disruption caused by drones at London's Gatwick Airport in late December, and most recently on Tuesday evening at Heathrow Airport, has prompted the British government to tighten regulations governing the use of such devices, but what are the rules in Luxembourg?

The Civil Aviation Authority in Luxembourg recently published a brochure entitled "Unmanned Aircraft", aiming to inform the public about what is permitted, and indeed not permitted regarding the use of drones in the country.

First and foremost, drones cannot be used in the vicinity of airports and aerodromes.

Luxembourg rules are quite stringent compared to some other countries, and drones for public use are prohibited from flying over people, animals, motorways, railways, vehicles, and of course manned aircraft.

The Grand Duchy is the only country in the Greater Region where the use of dashcams in vehicles is not permitted and therefore the same rules regarding surveillance where drones are concerned, also applies.

Both the take-off and landing of drones must take place in a safe open area and fly at least five metres above the ground and must not exceed 50 metres.

Drones can only fly between sunrise and sunset in Luxembourg.

In fact, the publication states that, as a security measure, the user should "never lose sight of the drone during flight," before stating that this is the best way to make sure drones are securely controlled at all times to make sure they can bypass any obstacles.

More and more people are using drones in Luxembourg for recreational use, but they are also increasingly used in a professional capacity by authorities where different rules apply.

The Grand Ducal Fire and Rescue Corps (CGDI) for example, has acquired at least two drones, that can be used for missing person locating missions.

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