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Don't Make These Mistakes: Survival Guide for Drone Remote Pilots in the European Union. 🚁

Drawing on his experience since 2017, Jordan Perrin addresses common mistakes that can cost remote pilots dearly and proposes strategies to avoid them. This survival guide is a must-read for anyone wishing to navigate the European skies smoothly.


Mistake #1: Lack of Knowledge of Local Regulations


The regulatory diversity of the EU requires precise knowledge of the laws of each country. Jordan emphasises the importance of researching before each flight to avoid restricted or prohibited areas, highlighting that each country may have its nuances despite a common regulatory framework.

A diligent approach to research and planning can save you from severe sanctions.


Mistake #2: Ignoring Flight Limitations


Flying too high, too close to crowds, or in sensitive areas can lead to serious accidents or sanctions. Jordan reminds remote pilots of the importance of respecting maximum altitudes and local restrictions, prioritizing the safety of all as an absolute priority.

For example, in France, the maximum height is 120 meters in the absence of specific authorization, considered for visual line-of-sight flight.


Mistake #3: Neglecting Insurance and Marking


Appropriate liability insurance and correct drone labeling with an identification number are essential. We advise you to check that your insurance covers you abroad when traveling.

As Jordan points out, these measures are not only legal obligations but also key elements of your responsibility as a remote pilot. These two prerequisites are far from being the only ones; a dozen documents are mandatory for flying a drone anywhere in the European Union. Our European Operation Manual writing service can assist you in this process.


Mistake #4: Poor Data and Privacy Management


Respect for privacy and ethical management of captured data are crucial in drone operations. Pay attention to the legal implications of unauthorized image or video capture. Our team can offer you advice on navigating respectfully in this sensitive area.


Mistake #5: Underestimating the Importance of Training


Even for experienced pilots, ongoing training is vital. As road traffic evolves, aviation regulations and drone technologies also develop. Regular updates of skills and knowledge ensure that remote pilots can meet current and future challenges.


Conclusion: Preparation and Caution


Jordan concludes this series with a call for vigilance and continuous learning. Mistakes can be costly, but with the right preparation and a proactive attitude, remote pilots can fully enjoy the freedom to fly throughout the EU while respecting regulations and ensuring the safety of all.

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