Public reminded about drone flying rules

Last week, Latvia's National Armed Forces (NBS) identified unmanned aerial vehicles  (drones) that had entered a restricted area of ​​a military facility, the NBS said in an April 8 release.

Consequently, the public is being reminded that drones are prohibited from flying over or close to military installations. In order to conduct unmanned aircraft flights in restricted areas, permission needs to be obtained in advance from the NBS. Without such permission, there is a chance the drone or drones will be brought down by force. The investigation of the circumstances of the incident is then handed over to the competent state authorities such as the police or security services.

Unmanned aircraft flights are regulated by the Cabinet of Ministers Regulations No. 429, which sets out the basic requirements for the operation of unmanned aircraft, including flight safety requirements, as well as the areas over which the operation of unmanned aircraft is prohibited. Unmanned aircraft are banned from flying over and near military installations, over airports and airstrips and other critical infrastructure.

More information on the rules and restrictions is available at: www.airspace.lv/drones/lv .

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