Last week, Part 1 of our blog series on penalties for drone pilots was published. It was about flying without a license and permission.
In the second part, we will talk about the basic rules that apply to the aircraft and what happens if you don’t follow them. In concrete terms, this means: What do I have to consider before I take off with my drone for the first time?
This is similar, for example, to the purchase of a new car: In Germany, every drone operator is required by law to take out insurance for the drone. Also, you must register your drone and provide it with a license plate number so that the drone can be assigned to the owner if necessary.
Accidents with drones happen more often than thought
When you fly your drone, you have the same responsibility as driving a car to pay attention to your surroundings and other people. However, it can still happen that your drone crashes and, for example, damages a building or, in the worst case, injures a person. For example, in 2017, an accident occurred near Munich because a drone pilot lost control of his aircraft, and it collided with a passenger car on the highway. Fortunately, the occupants were uninjured. However, the story could have ended differently. Even if the drone pilot was not at fault, he is liable as an operator. As a drone pilot and operator, you should therefore know that in such cases, your private liability does not apply unless it includes additional coverage for drones.
In the following, we explain what you have to consider concerning insurance and labeling of drones and what you will face in case of violations.