Drone regulation in Panama

In Panama, each drone driver must apply for a Certificate of Operation. It appears that permits from other countries are recognized.

Maximum altitude: The maximum altitude for unmanned aerial vehicles in Panama depends on the weight category (see below). RPA Micro has a maximum flight height of 30 meters (100 feet), RPA Pequeña 60 meters (200 feet) and RPA Liviana 120 meters (400 feet).

Maximum horizontal distance and FPV: A multicopter is allowed to move around the pilot in Panama within a maximum radius of 500 meters.

Compulsory insurance: In Panama, your multicopter must be covered by a corresponding drone insurance.

Maximum take-off weight (MTOW): Unmanned aerial systems are divided into four categories in Panama: RPA Micro (up to 250g), RPA Pequeña (250g – 25kg), RPA Liviana (25 – 150kg) and RPA Pesada (from 150kg). What consequences the classification has in addition to the above-mentioned limited altitudes, opens up to me not yet.

Distance to airports: You have to comply with your drone 8 kilometers distance to airports.

Other safety distances: Metropolitan areas, cities or buildings must be at a distance of 150 meters. For uninvolved persons, you have to maintain a safe distance of 30 meters (horizontal) or 10 meters (vertical).

Operating hours: No restrictions known.

Special legislation: The maximum speed of a copter is limited to 70 knots (130 km / h) in Panama.

Commercial pilot regulations: You will need permission from the Autoridad Aeronáutica Civil (AAC) to perform drone maneuvers for commercial purposes.

Helpful Links: AAC: Link to Regulations and Registration Form

We have researched the listed drone regulations for Panama 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 Panama!