ICAO: Frequently Asked Questions


2. What do I need to know before buying or operating a "drone" (unmanned aircraft)?


​Please always contact your Civil Aviation Authority for their UAS guidelines and regulations.

ICAO does offer a variety of guidance resources to consumers, operators and regulators of unmanned aircraft (UAS, informally known as “drones”)  through our UAS Toolkit.

In all circumstances, you are required to operate the UAS safely. In addition, if you use the UAS for work or research, or if it weighs more than 25 kg (55 lbs), most States require you to obtain a permit before operating it.

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