Rules on Drones Updated: Hobbyists

Taking note of the sharp rise in the use of drones, the Indonesian government has updated the legal framework on drones with the issuance of Minister of Transportation Regulation No. PM 180 of 2015 regarding Control of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Operations in Indonesia’s Serviced Airspace, which was recently amended by Minister of Transportation Regulation No. PM 47 of 2016 (“2016 Regulation”).

The 2016 Regulation repeals and replaces the previous drone regulation under Minister of Transportation Regulation No. PM 90 of 2015 regarding Control of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Operations in Indonesia’s Serviced Airspace (“2015 Regulation”).

The 2016 Regulation mainly serves to update the rules on drone use after the issuance of Minister of Transportation Regulation No. PM 163 of 2015 on Civil Aviation Safety Regulations Part 107 on Small Unmanned Aircraft System (“CASR Regulation”), which sets out technical requirements that must be satisfied by drones and drone operators, as well as rules that must be complied with in any drone operation.

This article will explain the 2016 Regulation and CASR Regulation specifically for hobbyists, which means that the drone is flown strictly for recreational or hobby use (in other words not for business purposes).

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Operating Drones in Indonesia

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After enjoying a period of legal vacuum in Indonesia, the Indonesian government has finally decided to introduce the first legal instrument governing drones by issuing Minister of Transportation Regulation No. PM 90 of 2015 regarding Control of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Operations in Indonesia’s Serviced Airspace (“Regulation”), which came into force on 12 May 2015.

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