Currently, national drone legislations distinguish between recreational and professional use of drones. Recreational use is limited to sport and leisure activities like drone races or private photography. The sale of pictures recorded by a drone is reserved for professional drone users only. The use of drones for recreational purposes is allowed in most of European countries without specific authorisation from aviation authorities. However, just because it is allowed does not mean that you can fly your drone without any restrictions.
There are few but essential rules that you need to understand and follow. In many Member States, drones are sold with a leaflet summarising the main rules to follow. Red it carefully! While a common regulatory aviation framework is currently under development at European level, you should be aware that applicable rules and regulations are - as of today - different from country to country.
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Most European countries have recently established specific aviation safety and operation rules regulating the use of drones in their national airspace. When I fly a drone, I must always comply with these rules and never endanger other persons, aircraft or property on the ground.
The protection of people's private life and personal data is a fundamental right. When I fly a drone, I must always respectprivacy and data protection legislations.
In the event of an accident, the drone pilot is liable and has to compensate for the damage he or she has caused. When I fly a drone, I should make sure that I am adequately insured for my flight.