Rules for Drones in Honduras

A bill that is being discussed in Congress prohibits drones operating in controlled airspaces and at a height of greater than 122 meters.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The reform to the Aeronautics Law also proposes "... prohibiting the use of drones more than 43 meters above ground level under controlled airspace or within a radius of five kilometers of a runway or a kilometer in length from a helicopter. "

See also: "The Business of Drones"

If the bill is approved, the owners of these artifacts must register them and receive an authorization from the Civil Aviation Authority, or they may be subject to sanctions. 

Wilfred Lobo, director of the Honduran Civil Aeronautics Agency, told that "... included in the reforms to the Law is an article   on this subject which orders work on a regulation for the use of such apparatus."

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