How Is the Use of Drones Regulated in Ukraine?
When engineers come up with new technology, it is neutral. Only with time, people find a use for it – either ill-intended or well-intended. Nuclear energy, the Internet, genetic engineering, - these are only a few examples of such innovation.
The most recent technological advancement of such kind is probably the drone technology. Aside from just being a fun toy, drones can be exclusively beneficial for agriculture, logistics, and an array of other areas. In the wrong hands, however, there is a lot of opportunity for misdeeds, like commercial espionage, invasion of privacy, smuggling, - and these are only the most obvious ones. There is a pronounced need to discuss all the potential benefits and holdbacks that drone technology implies. This is why the International Air Sports Federation (FAI) has called for the 1st International Drones Conference.
The conference took place in Lausanne, Switzerland, in early September 2017 and welcomed participants and speakers from all over the drone world, including Max Polyakov of Association Noosphere. A large portion of discussions was devoted to how the use of drones is currently regulated in various jurisdictions.
Under what Laws of Ukraine do drone use fall
In this regard, Ukraine is one of the typical countries in the world. Here, the mass application of drones for various purposes has already attracted the attention of the lawmakers, but they still have not come up with clear and enforceable regulations. In general, drones fall under the provisions of the Air Code of Ukraine that was passed in 1991. Namely, they are unmanned aviation weighing less than 20kg and are not subject to registration. However, there are other Laws with which a particular use of drone may come into conflict in practice. For instance, the Laws restricting to approach certain government and military facilities, the Laws protecting the privacy of individuals, etc.
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International Treaties affecting the use of drones
The most notable factor here is the set of provisions by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) regarding the drone use. Even though these provisions are not yet finalized, and Ukraine does not fall under their authority directly, they need to be followed by drone users in Ukraine. Otherwise, the Ukrainian air will not be deemed navigable by civil airlines from Europe. In practice, this means the restriction to flying drones in the near vicinity of airports and raising them to the heights where civil planes fly.