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The popularity of drones (sometimes called UAVs or Small Unmanned Aircraft (SUAs)) is growing; all around the world, owners are now being advised to pay more attention to safety issues.

The Falkland Islands are a UK Overseas Territory, this means that the legislation regarding the use of drones is laid down in Article 73 of the Air Navigation (Overseas Territories) Order 2013. For more information on the AN(OT)O and to access Article 73, please visit the following link: http://www.airsafety.aero/Requirements-and-Policy/Legislation/The-Air-Navigation-(Overseas-Territories)-Order.aspx

People flying these unmanned aircraft should understand that they are subject to aviation rules and should not treat the devices as harmless gadgets or toys. Drones should not be flown within 50m of people or buildings, they should also be kept well clear of airports and airfields. (Please note: if your drone weighs over 7kg (excluding fuel) then you are subject to further regulations. Contact the Civil Aviation Department for more information.) Whilst drones are only relatively small in size, they do pose a significant collision risk to other aircraft if they are not flown sensibly. If you are intending on flying your drone near Stanley Airport or Mount Pleasant Airport, please contact them beforehand using the details on this page before doing so. It is important that all aerial users are aware of drone actviity.

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The Falkland Islands Civil Aviation Department stresses that users must take personal responsibility when flying unmanned aircraft and abide by the rules. We have also published a number of documents to inform members of the public of the rules and laws concerning drone use within the Falkland Islands. These can be found both below and on the Information & Downloads page.

Please read the following documents to understand the legislation and requirements for SUA/drone use in the Falkland Islands:

AN(OT)O Requirements Table

If you believe you are in need of a Permission issued by the Director of Civil Aviation, please fill out the following application form (all forms need to be sent to civilaviation@sec.gov.fk):

SUSA Aerial Work Application Form

*Please note that there is a charge of £178.50 for the issuance of a Permission issued by the Director of Civil Aviation.

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