What you need to know before flying a drone?
Mark the drone with the unmanned aircraft operator number obtained at the registration. 
To pilot a drone, you should register at It is not necessary if the drone is lighter than 250 g and is not equipped with a camera.
Evaluate possible risks, including environmental specifics, geographical location, construction, infrastructure, and meteorological conditions.
If you make a flight over the event or in its close proximity, get approval of the person in charge of the event who’ll get the approval by the municipality.
You can register as a pilot from the age of 16, as an operator – from the age of 18. Younger persons may only pilot in the presence of a registered pilot.
Civil liability insurance is needed where so required by the flight category and the technical characteristics of the drone.
Read the aeronautical data and other information in eAIP published on the website of Latvijas gaisa satiksme.
If the weight of the drone exceeds 2 kg, the flights in the open category may not be conducted closer than 150 m from the persons not involved in the flight, as well as in commercial, industrial, recreational etc. areas.
What you need to know during flight?
You may conduct a flight only in your direct line of sight. In the dark, the drones must be equipped with a green signal light.
Fly in a way that does not endanger people’s life, health, privacy or property.
Observe the restrictions, when flying over and near prisons, military and infrastructure objects.
Do not fly near people and over the gathering places.
Use only the frequencies permitted in the national radio plan.
Do not fly close to other aircraft to avoid the risk of collision.
If you conduct a flight guided from a drone camera, invite an observer who will be able to keep the drone within his/her direct line of sight without any auxiliary devices.
Do not fly under influence of narcotic, psychotropic or other intoxicating substances.
Where in Latvia are you allowed to fly your drone?
In the territory of Latvia drone flights shall be conducted within visual line of sight up to 120 m.
Prohibition area for drone flights
Ascend prohibited, except with permits
The distance (radius) from the airfield runway threshold or helicopter airfield control point, where a prohibition zone is in operation.
Controlled airspace
May ascend up to the height of 50m
The area marked on the map is around the Riga airport, except the prohibition area for drone flights.
The map is for illustrative purposes. The precise map can be viewed HERE.

What drone control skills are tested?
Pilot of the multirotor and rotary-wing (helicopter type) aircraft must demonstrate an ability to perform the following tasks with the unmanned aircraft:
horizontal square changing the frontal flight direction of the unmanned aircraft
Cuban eight manoeuvre without changing the frontal direction of the unmanned aircraft
rotation about the vertical axis (yaw)
take-off and landing at a 45-degree angle
movements – up, down, right, left
disorientation control after rotation about the vertical axis
vertical square and horizontal square without changing the direction of the unmanned aircraft
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