In order to prevent accidents with drones, stricter regulations should apply to unmanned aerial vehicles in Germany in the future. The federal cabinet passed an ordinance on Wednesday that prescribes similar labeling requirements as for cars and a kind of driver’s license for users of larger drones. The maximum flight altitude is 100 meters. Flights near airports and over residential properties are prohibited.
“In addition to security, we are also improving the protection of privacy,” said Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt (CSU). However, the Federal Council still has to approve the ordinance.
According to estimates, there are already more than 400,000 drones in the German skies – and the trend is rising sharply. More and more often they get in the way of airplanes and helicopters. Last year, according to the German air traffic control, there were 64 dangerous approaches – almost five times as many as in the previous year. Crashing drones are also a growing danger.
In order to be able to identify the owner more easily in the event of damage, drones weighing more than 250 grams will in future have a sticker with the name and address of the owner. Anyone who wants to take larger drones weighing more than two kilograms into the air outside of model airfields will in future have to pass a state examination or be able to prove that they have been instructed by an air sports club. In addition, drones are generally no longer allowed to fly outside of their own field of vision and at altitudes of over 100 meters.
The Federal Association of the German Aviation Industry spoke of an “important contribution to strengthening security”.