🖐 In this blog post we’ll share all law links & known rules about recreational & commercial drone use in Isle of Man. Give a 👍 at the end of this post if you enjoyed it & feel free to ask any questions or share your experience in our United Kingdom Drone Discussion Group. Keep in mind that the content below is updated to the best of our knowledge & does not replace official sources & your research.
Recreational vs Commercial drone use in Isle of Man
Faroe Islands are a self-governing island territory of the United Kingdom and whilst they have many rules in common, flying a drone there isn't one of them. Isle of Man differentiates commercial & recreational drone uses. Both uses are subject to common sense restrictions and a code of conduct.
✅ In Isle of Man, drone regulation falls under the UK Civil Administration Administration (CAA) however it is the islands' administration who takes care of enforcement.
Can I bring my drone to Isle of Man?
✅ Currently, there aren't any restrictions on bringing drones within Isle of Man as long as your import is considered as legitimate (generally one drone per person).
🚨 Be aware of the airline you purchase to travel as some main ones will only accept your drone on-board if its batteries are detached & placed in a firecase during travel time. Most airlines will have a battery voltage limit based on the recommendation of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). You can find more info about a specific airline here.
💡 Smart! Get your drone batteries' firecase today and make sure you're complying with aviation safety rules.
Where can I fly my drone in Isle of Man?
✅ A small map has been provided by local authorities basically highlighting the no fly zones (no exceptions granted). Most of the no fly zone is around the Isle of Man Airport; you must keep a safety distance of 5 kms from the airport at all times. Another no fly zone is above the prison of Isle of Man.
🚨 Temporary restriction of flying regulations are used to protect the airspace inside and around the Isle of Man TT Mountain Course during the Isle of Man TT Races and Festival of Motorcycling. Drone flights are prohibited within the airspace within and up to 1 km outside the course while the roads are closed for practice or race sessions.
✅ Aside from local no fly zones, the rules to fly your drone in Isle of Man are some of the easiest to comply with as you must simply fly:
at a maximum altitude of 122 m and within sight at all times (implies no night flights).
🚨 Additionally, if your drone is equipped with a camera, you should:
fly 50 m away from any person, structures, vehicles or vessels
fly 150 m away from congested areas or crowds
🦅 For Nature reserves zones, a case by case permission might be needed & you would need to check directly with the local park or reserve authorities before flying your drone.
Commercial Drone Use in Isle of Man
You will first need to obtain an authorisation from the Isle of Man Civil Aviation Administration to fly your drone for commercial purposes. Commercial drone pilots may also enquire for night flights or within restricted no fly zones with permissions granted on a case by case permit.
💡 Smart! Pack some spare drone batteries, you never know how close is the next power plug overseas. Also make sure you have a travel adaptor for the Isle of Man.
What do I risk for flying a recreational drone illegally in Isle of Man?
🚨 The amount & scope of the fine will depend on the nature & severity of your infraction. The judges will also evaluate if you intentionally committed the infraction and/or if you had any commercial purposes to do such.
Once you got everything in order, you can start flying above Isle of Man' awesome landscapes & create videos like this one:
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