How to successfully operate drones in the open category
You want to fly a drone for the first time in Germany? The ‘Quick guide for drone operations' provides an overview of all relevant steps for you as a new drone operator in the ‘open’ category.
1. Registration as a drone operator
To operate your own drone equipped with a sensor (e.g. camera) or which weighs more than 250 g, you must first register as the operator. You can register with the Federal Aviation Office.
2. Marking the drone with the e-ID
After registration, you will receive an electronic identification number (e-ID), which must be attached to the drone. This makes it possible to uniquely identify the drone.
3. EU certificate of competency
In order to operate a drone, you must hold the EU certificate of competency for categories A1/A3. For sub-category A2, a certificate of remote pilot competency is additionally required.
4. Insurance cover
You are required to have liability insurance to operate a drone.
5. Geographical zones
Before start of operation, please carefully check the zones where you want to fly and whether these zones are subject to restrictions. For this check, you can use the Map Tool on the Digital Platform for Unmanned Aviation (dipul).
When operating your drone, you should always pay attention to the safety of people on the ground and other aircraft. We wish you a great time on your first flight!