Unmanned aircraft

Unmanned aircraft General terms for flying unmanned aircraft  are defined by the Ordinance on unmanned aircraft systems (Official Gazette no. 104/2018). Instructions are available at Croatian Civil Aviation Agency's web site.

Conditions for aerial photography flights are defined by Directive on aerial photography (Official Gazette no. 70/2016). You can get instructions from State Geodetic Administration.

Flights of unmanned aircraft of all categories in controlled airspace can be performed only with a prior AMC Croatia approval for establishment of ad hoc structure.
Flights of unmanned aircraft of all categories except A and B1  in uncontrolled airspace can be performed only with a prior AMC Croatia approval for establishment of ad hoc structure.

Operators/ remote pilots are kindly asked to perform flights for the purposes of recreation and sport in uncontrolled airspace up to 120 meters above ground level and outside controlled zones. You can check the boundaries of controlled zones (CTRs), here.

Automated procedure for establishment of an ad-hoc structure real time on day of activity is possible only if flights are performed:
  • in uncontrolled airspace up to 120 meters above ground level or
  • in controlled airspace outside circle of radius 5 km centered at aerodrome reference point up to 50 m above ground level.
Owner or operator of unmanned aircraft must be registered user of AMC mobile and/or AMC portal applications. Conditions and rules for automated procedure will be published by aeronautical information circular on February 28th 2019. Establishment and/or activation of ad hoc structure through automated procedure is promulgated on AMC portal only. Navigation warning by NOTAM is not published.

If flights are performed:
  • in uncontrolled airspace above 120 meters above ground level or
  • in controlled airspace within circle of radius 5 km centered at aerodrome reference point or
  • in controlled airspace above 50 m above ground level and/or
if automated procedure is not available regular procedure applies. That means that the completed request form, available only in croatian language, shall be submitted to the Airspace Utilisation Department at least 7 working days before the planned date of activity. Request form shall be sent through AMC portal or by e-mail.
 
Tel: 01 6259 592, 01 6259 498
Fax: 01 6259 552
E-mail: civaaxxxcrocontrol.hr
Working hours: From Monday to Friday 07:30 - 15:30 local time, except Croatian national holidays and CCL's vacation day between weekend and national holiday.

Prior to the start of activities in controlled airspace approved through regular procedure it is also necessary to obtain a tactical approval by phone from the competent ATC unit. Approval for establishment of an ad hoc structure will contain the telephone number of the ATC unit with which  activity has to be coordinated. CCL publishes the details by NOTAM.

For operations within controlled aerodrome borders beside the request form it is necessary to send airport operator's consent in writing.

For operations conducted at distance less than 3 km from runway edges/thresholds of uncontrolled aerodrome UAS operator must have aerodrome operator's approval.

For operations conducted in uncontrolled airspace above 120 m AGL operator must have Croatian Civil Aviation Agency's approval.

Information on aerodormes are available in eAIP and VFR Manual.

In case the activity is cancelled, the organiser shall inform the Airspace Utilisation Department or NOTAM Office accordingly.