Latest Drone Laws in Liechtenstein

If you are considering flying drones in Liechtenstein, you should be compiled with the latest drone laws as they become mandatory and important to follow. 

It is legal to fly drones in Liechtenstein but we recommend you to go through the drone laws of Liechtenstein before thinking of flying.

Overall Drone Regulation Analysis

Talking about Liechtenstein country in Europe is a semi-constitutional monarchy where drone laws are regulated through the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). 

According to our research on the laws, it is important to follow these strict rules before flying drones in European countries like Liechtenstein. Drones are categorized according to their weight.

Liechtenstein follows stringent laws considering privacy that should not be violated in any case.

Even if you are a drone hobbyist and recording videos or taking pictures, nobody’s privacy must be violated. If found violating the privacy laws, there are penalties to charge.

Categories that are allowed to fly in Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein drone regulations should be followed according to categories and drone flight categories. Whether you are a local person or a visitor to Liechtenstein drone laws should be followed strictly. 

Let’s understand each category of drones in Liechtenstein through which operations are qualified;

Open Category

When it comes to categories Liechtenstein has an open category similar to Luxembourg.

No authorization or declaration is required while operating the drone that comes under the “open” category.

The only thing that needs to be taken care of is that the drone should weigh less than 25 kg and must be in the straight eyesight visual. It should be flown in the 120m altitude maximum.

Open categories are divided into three sub-categories that are mentioned below; 

A1

Do not fly over assemblies of people

A2

Can fly close to people

A3

Fly far from people

Each subcategory comes with its own set of rules that need to be followed and thus, it does not need special authorization if you have known each category’s laws in depth.

A drone pilot needs to undertake special training before flying the open category drone. 

A Permit From the CAA is Required If the Instances Listed Below;

  • A permit is required to fly a drone that is more than 30 kg

  • If drone pilots intend to engage in the first-person view

  • If the pilot wants to fly within 100 meters of crowds

  • Permission should be taken if the drone is to be flown around 5 km around the airport or anyone’s private property

  • Insurance is required for drones that weigh more than 500 gms

  • Drone pilots must maintain a straight visual sight with the drones while flying

  • Drones are strictly not to be flown near the Vaduz castle or Landtag building.

Authorization Can Be Avoided with These Conditions

For any conditions, one thing should be followed and however it should meet it that drone pilot or operator must be registered.

Let’s understand under which condition authorization can be avoided. 

If you are an EU resident you do not need special authorisation to fly drones. You need to register under the EU state member of your main residence and then connect with the Aviation Authority.

Drone Registration Details

Drone registration Liechtenstein follows European regulations and it becomes important to register the unnamed craft under it. 

  • Considering the registration of drones, it is not available online. If you want to register your drone, you need to get in touch with the DCA. 

  • Once you have registered, the unique number for the drone that you receive is only valid for one year and it must be renewed in a timely to make it valid and same procedure should be followed every time. 

The same number is used every time during the renewal unless it is deregistered. 

Registration is mandatory for;

  • The UAS weighs up to 250 gms or more.

  • Registration is important for the UAS that has a mass of less than 250 g but can operate at a speed greater than 90 km/hour and is equipped with a microphone.

No Fly Zones in Liechtenstein

No fly zone in Liechtenstein means drones are strictly prohibited and drones should not fly in any condition.

Airports, military areas, castles, and other authorized properties are marked as no-fly zones where flying drones above them is strictly prohibited.  

  • Prohibited areas: No-fly zones for security or national welfare reasons

  • Restricted areas: Hazardous to non-participating aircraft due to activities like artillery firing

  • Warning areas: Hazardous to non-participating aircraft, alert pilots of potential danger

  • Military Operation Areas (MOAs): Separate military activities from IFR traffic, caution is advised for VFR traffic

  • Alert areas: Inform pilots of high-volume traffic due to training or unusual activity

  • Controlled firing areas (CFAs): Allow activity in confined areas without creating hazards

  • Temporary flight restrictions: Short-term airspace blocks limiting nonparticipating aircraft

A special note for a special drone flyer in Liechtenstein

  • Drone insurance is mandatory for all commercial operations in Liechtenstein

  • Even if you are a hobbyist, it is recommended to register and have insurance

  • If you are a foreigner and if you are flying a drone in Liechtenstein, the EU regulations should be followed

  • If you are an EU resident with the registration and certification, EASA countries can be operated in Liechtenstein

  • If you are not an EU resident, it becomes mandatory to operate a remote pilot certification from the EU country, registration should be done as an operator

  • Drone is registered in another country of Europe and then wants to fly in Liechtenstein, it is not mandatory to register again. 

Remote Pilot Certification (Non-EU Resident)

  • If you are not living in a European country, it is mandatory to hold the remote pilot certification from any EU country. 

  • After the pilot registration, you will receive an A1/A3 certificate online 

  • If you are planning to fly a drone in the “open” category, it is important to give online training and exams

  • At least you should receive marks up to 75% if you fail the exam, you will only get three attempts for reexamination

  • The certificate will be provided after you pass the exam and that certificate is valid for up to 5 years

Conclusion

Liechtenstein drone safety guidelines should be followed. To sum up, if you are using the drone for commercial use it should have insurance while the hobbyists are advised to always register and have insurance in case of any damage or accident.

Any foreign drone that you need to fly in Liechtenstein, should be registered under the EU regulations. While registering, your drone will be categorized as there are different rules for each.

These are the compilation and set of rules that need to be followed in case of safety amidst local people’s or authorized person’s privacy.

Once you are equipped with these drone rules in Liechtenstein, you are all set to fly. 

Frequently Asked Questions

 Yes, all drones must be registered with the Liechtenstein Civil Aviation Authority in Liechtenstein.

Yes, there are specific no-fly zones and restricted areas where drone operations are prohibited or restricted in Liechtenstein.

Penalties for violating drone laws in Liechtenstein may include fines, confiscation of drones, and legal action.

No, drone operations near airports, government buildings, and sensitive areas are strictly prohibited in Liechtenstein.

Yes, commercial drone operators in Liechtenstein must obtain special permits and licenses from the Liechtenstein Civil Aviation Authority.

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Diptesh Das

Diptesh Das is your friendly ‘content maniac’ and drone enthusiastic! Being passionate about content writing. He is a firm believer of the power of words and thereby ended up leveraging them to create an impact by sharing his drone knowledge and experiences.

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