Are you the proud owner of an ANAFI drone? Bear in mind that, to date (and according to the latest regulations applicable from July 2018), you do not need a flight permit to fly a recreational drone weighing less than 800g. However, some common sense rules apply to ensure safe flying.
Check out this article on the official regulations governing recreational drones in France to make the most of your ANAFI without any problems.
1. I do not fly over other people
When using my drone, I make sure that I do not endanger nearby people or vehicles. I do not fly over them and I maintain a minimum safe distance. I keep well away from any groups of people.
2. I respect the maximum flying altitudes
Outside authorized model aviation sites, the maximum flying altitude for recreational drones is 150 meters in France (400 ft in the USA). However, near to built-up areas (overflights are forbidden in all cases), beside aerodromes or sensitive sites and in certain military aviation training areas, this maximum flying altitude may be reduced to 100, 60, 50 or 30 meters only. I always respect these maximum altitudes to reduce the risk of a collision between my drone and other aircraft. Whatever the circumstances, I do not fly or I stop flying if there are other aircraft in the vicinity.
The following website, published by the French public authorities, allows you to search for areas where you can fly recreational drones near you:
3. I never let my ANAFI fly out of sight and I do not use it at night
I keep my drone within a range at which I can easily see it unaided and I keep it within my field of vision at all times. It is possible to conduct immersive flights (FPV) and use "follow-me" drones under certain conditions, including having a second person present to ensure safety. Furthermore, in order to ensure the safety of aircraft flying at low altitude, such as helicopters performing rescue missions, the regulations forbid the use of drones at night, even if they are fitted with lights.
4. I do not fly my drone above public built-up areas
In built-up areas, it is possible to fly a small drone over my own private land when no members of the public are present provided I respect the maximum speed and altitude associated with the immediate surroundings (building, trees, etc.) and at which I can minimize any risks should I lose control of the drone. Under no circumstances do I use my drone above public areas.
5. I do not use my drone near airfields
I do not use my drone near any airfield where aircraft, helicopters, gliders, microlights, etc. may operate. Minimum safe distances must be respected. These may reach 10 km in the case of the busiest airports.
6. I do not fly over restricted sites
It is forbidden to fly over some restricted or protected sites, as well as their surrounding areas. These include, for example, nuclear power stations, military bases and historical landmarks, as well as nature reserves and national parks. I seek information on the presence of such sites before beginning a flight.
7. I respect the privacy of others
People around me and my drone must be made aware of what I am doing, especially if my drone is fitted with a camera or any other device capable of recording data concerning them. I inform those present, I answer their questions and I respect their right to privacy. I refrain from recording images that would make it possible to recognize or identify people (faces, number plates, etc.) without their permission.
8. I respect other people’s privacy, I do not transmit the images I capture without the permission of those concerned and I do not use the latter for commercial purposes
Images may not be transmitted without the authorization of the people concerned or the owner in the case of a private area (house, garden, etc.) and such a transmission must comply with the applicable legislation (including the French Law of 6 January 1978, modified, so-called "Informatique et Libertés"). Any use of a drone to take images for commercial or professional purposes is subject to specific requirements and, in France, requires a permit issued by the French civil aviation authority (DGAC).
9. I check the conditions under which I am insured to undertake this activity
I may be held liable in case of damage caused by my drone to other aircraft, people and property. If I have not taken out any specific insurance cover, I check the clauses of my civil liability policy.
10. If in doubt, I find out what I need to know
Read the guide on model aviation on the website of the French civil aviation authority (DGAC) for further information on the conditions for using recreational drones. The user federations as well as the French Information Science and Liberties Commission (CNIL) are also useful sources of information in this domain.
For additional information, do not hesitate to read the page dedicated to drones at https://www.ecologique-solidaire.gouv.fr/quelle-place-drones-dans-ciel-francais