The operational approval issued by Austro Control is solely a permission in regard to the aviation act. It is the operator’s responsibility to follow all other legal provisions in force (e.g.: data protection, nature protection, permission to operate a RPAS within safety areas, etc.).
Content of the implementing regulation:
The approval of class 1 drones in Austria is based on the risk arising from its operation.
Depending on the area of operation (undeveloped, uninhabited, populated and densely populated area) and the maximum operating mass, four categories (A-D) are defined. The technical, operational and personnel requirements depend on the category.
If the applicant does not hold a valid Austrian Aircrew License, the required knowledge of airlaw for category C and D approvals can be demonstrated by passed examination in the respective subject.
The exam has to be passed during a sitting at Austro Control. The registration for the examination has to be done 10 workdays before the requested date via . Exams take place between Tuesday and Friday from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm.
A questionnaire with sample questions of the subject “Airlaw” is available online (only in German language).
Regulations for model aircraft are not affected by this regulation. Österreichischer AeroClub as the competent authority for large model aircraft issues separate rules for the operation of model aircraft.
Models up to 79 Joule kinetic energy (app. 250 g): for example toy-helicopter, minimodels of foam with a camera are tolerated up to an altitude of max. 30 meters above ground level-. Danger to persons or objects has to be expulsed. The described toys are not in the scope of the Austrian Aviation Act.
Unmanned aircraft over 150 kg:
- Unmanned aircraft with an operating mass above 150 kg need in any case an approval from EASA, (EC) 216/2008.
- The regulations from EASA are also effective for category 2 unmanned aircraft with an operating mass above 150 kg.
An application is possible since 1 January 2014. The approval will be issued by Austro Control in form of a decision. The technical and operational preconditions (LBTH 67) including a subset of the appendices are retrievable in the following list.