AESA recibe el premio Catherine Fargeon

AESA recibe el premio Catherine Fargeon por su apuesta por trabajar con los profesionales del sector de los drones
Madrid, 18  de enero de 2018 (AESA).

La directora de la Agencia Estatal de Seguridad Aérea (AESA) ha recibido el premio Catherine Fargeon, otorgado por la organización UVS Internacional, que agrupa a las asociaciones nacionales del sector de los drones, por su compromiso personal en la constitución de la Comisión de Drones de la Agencia.

El premio reconoce el trabajo realizado por diferentes organizaciones internacionales en favor de “aumentar la conciencia relativa a la seguridad de las operaciones civiles con drones”, por ello, el esfuerzo realizado por AESA para crear una Comisión de RPAS, en la que participan todos los actores del sector y que tiene por objetivo trabajar juntos para que la normativa sea efectiva y segura, ha sido considerado motivo de reconocimiento.

En particular, hay que resaltar la apuesta personal de la directora de la Agencia, Isabel Maestre, ya que sin su implicación y respaldo no hubiese sido posible la creación y puesta en marcha de dicha Comisión en un breve espacio de tiempo.

La directora de AESA resaltó la importancia de que las autoridades de seguridad trabajen “mano a mano” con el sector, para lograr que el desarrollo de la industria de los drones, y su integración en la vida civil, se realice de forma segura, ya que “el futuro de los drones depende de la seguridad”.

El premio fue otorgado durante la Conferencia europea de operadores RPAS civiles, organizada entre otros, por la autoridad de aviación civil francesa (DGAC). La conferencia se centra en cuestiones normativas y de políticas para operadores de RPAS civiles, y aborda cuestiones operativas, aplicaciones actuales y futuras, escenarios operacionales estándar, evaluación de riesgos de operaciones específicas (SORA), experiencia operacional, calificación de operador, capacitación y calificación de pilotos, reglas de seguridad de rango de prueba, protección de datos y privacidad y la próxima Regulación Europea de drones.



Fly Your Drone Safely in Spain

Fly Your Drone Safely in Spain: IcarusRPA Will Tell You Where

Flying a drone in Spain (legally) is more complicated than many assume. In fact, very few countries have stricter regulations toward the use of a drone in the country. But… where exactly can you fly them? For all of you wanting to skip the boring stuff, go directly to the DO’s and DONT’s

The Origins

If you flown a drone before 2014, you belong to the few that enjoyed the freedom of the Wild West. You could capture some excellent videos such as birds-eye views of football stadia and beaches. There were no fines and the rules were simple: stick to the legal flying places.

2015 changed it all, so be careful if you read articles issued before that year. The Spain’s ruling of drone laws in 2015 kicked in, establishing fines of circa €400,000.

Why? Spain deem the art of flying a drone to be dangerous, reminiscent of drones used in wars. To protect the nation from any incoming terrorist attack, various military forces are constantly watching the air for any suspicious activity. If your drone shows up, it could put the country on red alert and waste valuable governmental resources in preventing a false attack. And for those who think that Spain’s rules are a case of all bark, no bite: the Spanish government has collected almost €2 million from drone fines alone since 2015. No joking. Be careful!

Now, there are differences between private drone flying and commercial usage. The problem here is that as a private user, you can’t sell your aerial photos and videos without having a license, security, and official permission from the AESA (Agencia Estatal de Seguridad Aerea). To get permission, write an email to

Where can I fly my Drone?

No big deal here. I recommend you going straight to IcarusRPA, a Spanish webpage with a map that outlines all the (many!) forbidden zones.


Flying a drone in Spain for private usage

OK, so here it goes: The DO’s and DONT’s!

  • You may NOT exceed an altitude of 120 meters (400 feet)
  • you may NOT can’t fly near buildings and urban areas with population. People-frequented beaches, concerts, streets of any town, parks, sports fields, etc., are therefore excluded.
  • The drone owner is, in any case, fully responsible and liable for possible damages.
  • You may NOT fly your drone in a controlled airspace, including anywhere your drone could collide with other type of manned aircrafts, including areas with paragliders. In any case, you have to be, at least, 8km from any airport, heliport or airfield.
  • The drone must weigh less than 10kg.
  • The drone has to stay in visual range at a maximum of 100 meters.
  • You may NOT fly the drone at night.
  • You have to respect other’s privacy and may NOT use the drone for remote surveillance and similar activities. Keep in mind that this is a very serious offence in Spain and therefore is heavily fined (you could even go to jail).

Important! Do not try to fly your drone over populated areas as you’ll be on the cards to get fined or even detained. See the Barcelona’s detailed map below? All the city air space is banned to drone flying, even the mountains behind the city…


Can I capture footage with my Drone?

It depends. From a legal point of view, you can only capture footage if you are authorised by the AESA. This is big stuff, as the Spanish public administration is not as flexible as it should be.

In the real world, my advise is: stick to small areas that are not populated highly, don’t stick too close to the ground, yet don’t fly at an obscenely high altitude. You have to know your limitations. You could possibly fly around your back yard, garden or even a park. Anything more than that and Spain’s tough law system could crack down on you and, looking at their track record, there would be no issue in them doing so.

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