How to Fly a Drone in Ireland

Imagine having control over something that is flying hundreds of feet above the surface or photographing the beautiful landscape near your home from a bird’s eye perspective.

There are few things in life that can be as interesting and exciting as flying a drone. As the prices of drones keep falling and the technology powering these cutting-edge gadgets goes through a continuous cycle of evolution, drone flying is turning into a serious hobby and profession for some.

How to learn fly a drone

Like elsewhere in the world the number of drone enthusiasts is growing exponentially in Ireland. From amateurs flying the smaller drones to those who are doing in for a commercial purpose the number just keeps growing every single year.

You may not have flown a drone in the past but the moment you see one in the air you would feel that rush of adrenaline to control one in the air.

If you have tried your hand at RC cars in the past you’d know how thrilling and challenging it is to control something remotely and build your skills over time. Drone flying only takes that excitement and thrill to a higher level.

There are few barriers in flying drones as you can get a bird’s eye view of the most scenic places in Ireland and earn handsomely for photographing the landscape.

But flying a drone isn’t easy and you need to build good skills in controlling this advanced technology.

The basic of flying a drone and how you need to get started with it

Enrol for Drone Training in Ireland

As we have mentioned above drone flying is challenging and this is where you must enrol into a registered academy to get trained in flying drones.

While you may be able to fly entry-end drones all by yourself without any formal training if you are planning to fly the more advanced drones or turn drone flying into a career you need to hone your skills under the eyes of seasoned trainers.

There are several things that go into flying a drone that includes everything from flight weather planning to preparation of flight plan.

Not surprisingly you need to master the fundamentals of flying these advanced birds in a methodical way.

Here are some of the reasons why drone training in Ireland is a must for every beginner.

1. Stay Updated With The Regulations

One of the things that you must bear in mind is the fact that drone flying is an evolving space and it is only in the recent years that people in Ireland are taking to this hobby in big numbers.

This also means that Irish drone rules and restrictions are constantly changing in order to avoid security hazards and monitor the flying of drone in the country.

The IAA (Irish Aviation Authority) that governs the use of drones and has laid drone rules with respect to how high your drones can go, what kind of registration your drones require based on their weight and the distance they can fly.

2. Knowing Where You Can Fly

airspace in ireland

While you are free to fly your drone anywhere there are some restrictions you need to be aware of as laid down by the Irish Aviation Authority.

One of the most important restrictions to bear in mind is that you can’t fly your drone within 5 kilometres of any airport in Ireland.

Similarly drone flying is barred over national monuments. There are restrictions related to flying drones around other security installations in the country.

When you take drone training you’d be informed about where you can fly your drones and more importantly the no-go areas that can invite legal trouble.

Instructors would train you in reading the Irish counties map which would let you work on your flight plan that allows you to fly your drone as a hobby or use it for commercial purposes without breaking any laws.

3. Get Accustomed To Flight Planning Resources

The most important aspect of drone flying surely has to be the planning part of it.

After you gain mastery over the control of the drone you need to be able to prepare your own flight plans in accordance with the guidelines laid down by the IAA.

There are several aspects to planning and flight and you will come across concepts such as

  • Flight Weather Planning,
  • Distance & Bearing Calculator and
  • Altitude Calculator in your Flight Instructor Guide.

What this guide does is let you plan your flight taking into consideration all the factors that would determine the success of your flight.

You will also be able to make important decisions regarding your flight such as avoiding one in adverse weather conditions or flying it safely in rough weather where you need to meet a previous commitment as is the case with most commercial flights.

4. Earning Your License

Though you can fly a drone in Ireland without having a license in Ireland it is advisable to have one.

The Irish Aviation Authority issues what is termed as Specific Operating Permission or SOP as it is called. This is a must for enthusiasts who are planning to take up a career in drone flying.

Without this SOP you are unlikely to be able to fly a drone for commercial purposes and may also find it difficult to insure your drone as most insurer make a SOP must for insuring the drones.

The IAA mandates you to undergo training at a RTF or registered training facility to be able to earn your SOP.


To sum up, if you wish to learn drone flying and master your skills in flying this state-of-the-art birds it is important for you to undergo drone training in Ireland.

You need to find yourself a registered training academy that would take you through the basics as well as the advanced concepts of drone flying which includes everything from flight weather planning to be able to read the Irish counties map.

About the Author
Chief Executive Officer at FlyRyte Drone AcademyHey, My name is Gearóid O’​ Briain, Chief Executive Officer at FlyRyte Drone Academy. Currently, serving as the CEO and flight examiner on Irish Aviation Authority approved drone training courses and providing professional consultancy in the development and application of unmanned aviation applications.

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