Malaysian Drone Laws – A Must Read before buying your first Drone

Malaysian Drone Laws – A Must Read before buying your first Drone

Drones, also called an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) are basically a remote controlled vehicle that is capable of flight. They come in many shapes and sizes, from the basic versions (priced around RM200 and above) to the more advanced versions which come with features such as GPS navigation and follow focus. Among the most popular brands at the moment include DJI and more recently 3DR. Drones serve the purpose of site surveillance, transporting small objects and most commonly, to take aerial photography/videography.

We get it, drones are such a cool thing to own, and with the recent price drop, they are getting increasingly more affordable as well. But before you start taking your wallet out, have you considered the laws for drone ownership in Malaysia?

Fret not, we’re here to break it all down for you in a simple Q&A

Malaysian Drone Law Q&A (as of 2015)

  1. Is it legal to own a drone in Malaysia?
    - Short answer, YES

  2. Do I need a permit/document to own a drone?
    - NO, unless your drone is heavier than 7kgs AND you are using it for commercial purposes. In which case, call the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) and register it.
  3. Where can I fly my drones?
    - In general, drones should not be flown in crowded areas. There are also restricted airspaces that drones are not permitted to fly into (eg: Airports, Istana, Army Bases).

Now that you are familiar with the Drone laws, be sure to check out our article on our Top 5 Drone Flying Tips and Best Practices to get familiarized with the best flying tips for your drone.

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