With thanks to Patrick of GrupoAcre in Spain for sending this to us.

Yesterday we came to know (by news) that the Spanish Air Safety Agency (AESA) has suspended “All UAV Operations in Spanish Airspace” and further has declared that all operations, which are not conducted on a “Radio-controlled Aircraft Airfield” or in Sport Hall (Not Track and Field), are Illegal”.

What is the background on that?

Spain has a high level of so called “Pirate Flyers”, those guys fly with toy –equipment or semi-professional equipment, without “Insurances”, without obeying rules in max. Altitude and max. Distances, not obeying “Data Law” and other legal issues. Since, more and more “Not – Professionals” has declared by themselves as “Professionals” and few smaller accidents, obviously happened, AESA Spain has taken the decision to stop such operations, as of 07th April 2014.

For month ago, a Spanish Filming Company flew inside Madrid in FPV Mode on a distance of more than one km, in an altitude band between 20 – 150m, along the skyscraper etc. …. For sure a nice video, but a lot of people complained! Further and important is that Madrid has areas we filming and flying is not allowed …………….

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Comment by Jesus on April 9, 2014 at 10:46am

Sooner or later this had to happen ... Much genius "semi professional" beyond the limits of logic and common sense have led many who have spent years working and researching in UAVs without incident we can not build our business. Thank useless people!

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on April 9, 2014 at 10:47am


Comment by Rodrigo Alvarez Hernandez on April 9, 2014 at 11:27am
Comment by Rodrigo Alvarez Hernandez on April 9, 2014 at 11:31am

o está permitido, y nunca lo ha estado, el uso de
aeronaves pilotadas por control remoto con fines comerciales o profesionales, para realizar
actividades consideradas trabajos aéreos, como la fotogrametría, agricultura inteligente
(detectar en una finca aquellas plantas específicas que necesitarían de una intervención, como
riego, fumigación, para optimizar el cultivo), reportajes gráficos de todo tipo, inspección de
líneas de alta tensión, ferroviarias, vigilancia de fronteras, detección de incendios forestales,
reconocimiento de los lugares afectados por catástrofes naturales para dirigir las ayudas
adecuadamente, etc.

hope this las part changes soon

Comment by Luis Morales on April 9, 2014 at 11:46am

this post is misleading, that is no ruling AESA has no power to do so. that note is a "friendly" reminder of how things are in spain and always been.

the note comes from a series of public videos that have being seeing on TV of shots in city and public events done via Multirotors.

they are just sorting out the mess with a public "note" if you see the note is not even signed.

this comes because spain is in the work of an RPA legislation and want to avoid any kind of trouble while that gets ready.

they are just trying to stop all those companies lying to the clients saying they have permits to fly anywhere they want.

Comment by Gary Mortimer on April 9, 2014 at 12:33pm

So what is the situation? Can RPAS fly in Spain

Comment by Luis Morales on April 9, 2014 at 12:45pm

we all fly, commercial use has never been allowed because there is no way to fulfill the requirements for the permits (RPA have no license or plates as other aircraft) that's what he incoming regulation will set in place.

situation its pretty much the same as the US, we all fly recreational, were suppose to only fly in sanctioned fields but the police does not seem to matter when we fly away from civilization.

issue is we been having a lot of media fuss becouse there is a bunch of fuckheads flying big octos (10kg or more) over crouds without permits, there been a few incidents and the last was a video in vimeo https://vimeo.com/80162468 from a guy that fly in Madrid (no fly zone) with a a phantom.

that video was all over the place, press, tv and they are now under investigation by AESA for that. so nothing has changed everything is the same, they just may be getting a bit more formal and strict because of reckless use.

Comment by Luis Morales on April 9, 2014 at 12:47pm

FYI is awesome to have the spanish flag all over front page of DIYDrones!

Comment by Víctor Mayoral on April 9, 2014 at 1:44pm

I understand the security concerns but honestly I am quite afraid that this announcement will affect to new startups in the UAV field within Spain. Knowing how things work in the country... we can perfectly remain in this "forbidden" situation for years. Let's hope I am mistaken.

Comment by Luis Morales on April 9, 2014 at 1:47pm

frankly if this will affect UAV startups, they deserve to be affected. all this companies knew or should have known about this.

Europe RPA regulation is no secret http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/sectors/aerospace/uas/

if they wanted they should be a part of that, instead most of them choose to ignore and take advantage of no clear laws.


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