Drones weighing more than 1kg subject to regulation by Irish Aviation Authority
Drones weighing more than a kilogram must be registered with the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) from Monday to be operated in Ireland.
The new rules have been introduced in accordance with the Small Unmanned Aircraft (Drones) and Rockets Order S.I. 563 of 2015.
Ireland is now one of few countries in the world regulating the use of drones.
A nominal fee for the mandatory registration process will be applied from February 2016 but has been initially waived to encourage early registration.
Drone operators can be registered online by over-16s in a “simple two-step process”. Under-16s can have their drones registered by a parent or legal guardian.
Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe said: “The development of drone technology brings opportunities as well as challenges for businesses and services in Ireland.
“I expect hundreds if not thousands of drones to be bought as presents this Christmas so getting the message to ensure that new owners and operators are aware of their responsibilities and the requirement to register all drones over 1 kg from 21st December 2015 is key.
“Tremendous potential exists for this sector and Ireland is at the forefront of its development. The speedy response by the IAA to this fast developing aviation area will make sure that drones are properly regulated and registered for use. As a result, Ireland is well placed to exploit the drone sector and to ensure industry growth in this area.”
Mr Ralph James, IAA Director of Safety Regulation, added: “We would strongly encourage drone operators to register with us as quickly as possible, to complete a training course and to become aware of their responsibilities.
“People operating drones must do so in safe and responsible manner and in full compliance with the new regulations.”