The rules for flying drones in Montenegro described below do not apply if the aircraft can not achieve kinetic energy greater than 79 joules or less than 500 grams and no faster than 20m / s, no more than 15 meters away and no higher than 10 meters can fly.
In Montenegro, potential flying areas are divided into four classes:
- Class I: a non-built-up area without constructed buildings and persons, except for pilots and personnel required for flying;
- Class II: developed uninhabited area with commercial facilities or constructions that are not intended for the permanent residence of people where there are no people, except pilot and staff for flying.
- Class III: inhabited area with buildings or facilities primarily intended for residence, work or recreation (houses, schools, offices, sports fields, parks, etc.);
- Class IV: Urban zones (downtown, settlements, etc.).
As a private pilot, you are only allowed to fly a drone in classes I and II.
There are four categories depending on the above-mentioned flying areas and the weight classes mentioned below, for which different requirements apply.
Categories for drone flights in Montenegro
To fly in Category A, you must complete a statement and send it to the Aviation Authority. For Category B flights, you will also need an Operations Manual for your maneuvers. Copter flights in Category D may only be made with the approval of the CAA.
Overview of Montenegro Drone Rules
Maximum altitude: Drones must not fly higher than 150 meters above ground in Montenegro.
Maximum horizontal distance and FPV: Drones in Montenegro can only be operated within the direct line of sight and up to a maximum distance of 500 meters. FPV flights are allowed for model airplanes when an Observer monitors the drone with the naked eye.
Compulsory insurance: In Montenegro, you have to cover your drone. Proof of insurance must always be with you.
Maximum take-off weight (MTOW): There are three weight classes in Montenegro:
- Class 5: ascent mass under 5 kilograms
- Class 10: 5 kilograms to 10 kilograms
- Class 20: over 10 kilograms to 20 kilograms
Distance to airports: At airports, a sufficient distance must be kept.
Other safety distances: Your drone must be at a distance of 150 meters from uninvolved persons and 30 meters from buildings, vehicles, and animals.
Operating hours: Drone flights at night are not allowed in Montenegro.
Special legislation: Drones must be marked so that strangers can identify the owner. Here you can order drone stickers.
Commercial pilot regulations: Commercial pilots must register their aircraft with the aviation authority. Besides, a logbook must be maintained by documenting the following information for each flight:
- Date of flight
- Start and landing time as well as the total duration of the operation
- Full name of the pilot
- Location with classification
- The weight of the drone
- Remarks on special occurrences
The documentation must be kept for at least two years.
We have researched the listed drone regulations for Montenegro to the best of our knowledge. We cannot guarantee the correctness of the information. If you want to be on the safe side, contact the competent aviation authority. Alternatively, you can also ask the embassy in your country for further information about the regulations. Please leave us a comment when you receive news and/or gain experience with your copter in Montenegro!