Dutch drone laws might be less strict in the future.

Article in dutch

Current rules document for Remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) in The Netherlands. Counting 48 pages!.

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The drone industry in the Netherlands threatened by regulatory backlog compared to the rest of Europe. The rules for flying a drone in major countries around us much smoother.

In the Netherlands it costs drone builders weeks to get permission for a test flight. Abroad it that much faster, making it more drones may come on the market. The sector in the Netherlands found that the rules should be the same across Europe and asks Brussels to rush to do so.

Absolutely no-fly

In Britain, according to Boris Langedoen drones builder Delft Dynamics regulations much smoother. This allows them to quickly test new applications, he says. “We have delayed the market, that’s just a real disadvantage for us.”

Until about two years ago was flying drones legally in a gray area. If you flew with a small, unmanned aircraft, which was seen as a model flying. For a year drones must comply with the regulations of aviation.

The biggest problem of the sector is that a significant part of the Netherlands is now forbidden to fly because there is an airport nearby. Thus, for about half of North and South Holland an absolute no-fly by the presence of two airports.

Long doing the police and fire departments as customers and adheres well to the law.“Those rules are for a long time in development. We try to come along, but at some points the rules are so strict that it slows the speed of development.”

Also operators disadvantaged

Also, the operators who abide by the rules, burden of illegal pilots who offer their services without holding. Obey the law The law now says that it is forbidden for professionals to fly unless you have a ‘dispensation’. The drone pilots and the planes themselves must also be certified.

Once you’ve gotten from the ministry, an exemption then you have to perform a flight from the province needs a so-called TUG  license. “Not in every province, but some still do,” says Ivanka Kösters of drone operator Skyvision. Which must be applied for four weeks in advance. “And also you have a notice to airmen issue.” That means even more run-time and paperwork.

Innovation goes fast

In addition, the company should have a day in advance of the Environment and Transport Inspectorate and the mayor to warn that a drone takes to the air. Drones must also always keep 150 meters away from crowds and large buildings. That makes it difficult for all Kösters to respond to requests from potential customers.

“It’s not as bad as it lasts 24 hours, which is acceptable to people. But five days or four weeks, which is really too long,” said Kösters. “Often customers impatient and seek an alternative.”

We are working on new Dutch legislation. According to the Ministry who rules over one year must be ready and the Netherlands is ahead of what is going to apply in Europe. But according to sources within the industry is especially many looked at each other and waited together.

“The innovation is going very fast,” says Kösters. Dutch industry is in her opinion, the current rules in any case wrong projects. “The innovation is going to other countries around

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