Drones

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A Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) is a notice filed with an aviation authority to alert aircraft pilots of potential hazards along a flight route or at a location that could affect the safety of the flight. NOTAMs are unclassified notices or advisories distributed by means of telecommunication that contain information concerning the establishment, conditions or change in any aeronautical facility, service, procedure or hazard, the timely knowledge of which is essential to personnel and systems concerned with flight operations.

Rules on drone flying

You are allowed to fly above Alexander Field with your drones, but please obey the following rules (or you will face severe penalties):

  • Don't fly near airports
  • Don't fly higher than 120 meters in general. The height at SHA will most likely be less (see comment below).
  • Don't fly over people and houses
  • Don't fly over the villages and camping grounds
  • Always see where your drone is going, in case of FPV have a spotter that can warn you for hazardous situations.
  • Don't fly at night (you will get blinded by lasers)
  • Don't fly with drones that are > 4 kg.
  • Have a Liability Insurance (recommended)
  • Don't fly commercially (this includes selling your footage) unless you're certified.

We received this comment:

Also not that the terrain is below the Amsterdam TMA1 zone (where the big boys fly), is nearby the largest general aviation field in the Netherlands and close to a low flying practice area (planes as low is 100ft/30m). The nearby bridge and the Nuldernauw are very frequently used visual markers, resulting in lots of traffic as low as 500ft/150m. Policy traffic and rescue helicopters can be expected at ANY height. Don't fly close to the limit of the rules, and certainly do not cross them. The margins are limited. Also note that selling footage made with drones or using them for commercial purposes (even at hindsight) is illegal in the Netherlands, unless you have a commercial permit and drone license and can result in serious penalties.