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Vers l'Avenir - 18/08/2016

https://www.lavenir.net/cnt/dmf20160818_00866471/drone-a-usage-prive-en-belgique-une-formation-pour-responsabiliser

Private drones in Belgium: training to promote responsibility

  • Robin PONCELET - L'Avenir

The association of civil drones, Drone Valley, presented a new non-mandatory training for owners of recreational drone. The goal is to reduce accidents through awareness.

Since April 2016, a Royal Decree has established a regulatory framework for the use of remotely piloted drones in the Belgian airspace. Since then it is legally possible for an individual to own a recreational drone.

Also read: Finally the legal framework for UAVs in Belgium

Some rules must be respected. The drone must weigh less than 1kg and fly only in a private or aeromodelling field. Also, the UAV cannot fly at altitudes exceeding 10m and must remain in sight of the driver.

Despite these precise limits, the majority of the population does not necessarily have the skills to fly this type of an aircraft. "A drone is not a toy, there are risks," says Dominique Wautelet, general manager of World-Drone Academy. Moreover, unlike professional drone users (Class 2 or Class 1), one does not need a certificate or license to fly a recreational drone.



Le journal Metro - 18/08/2016

https://fr.metrotime.be/2016/08/18/must-read/une-premiere-formation-pour-piloter-un-drone/

An initial training to pilot a drone

18/08/2016

Drone Valley and the World Drone Academy open the very first theoretical awareness training for recreational drone users in Belgium.

The first sessions will begin at the end of September, in Wallonia and Brussels, having as objective to know the legislation, to understand their equipment and respond to incidents and learn how to responsibly and safely use a drone.

The project was born from the explosion of recreational drones' sales, but also thanks to a unanimous conclusion: "Users are not aware of the risks of improper drone use, they are slight" says Bernard Van Lysebetten, president of Drone Valley. Even though in Belgium, no serious accident has been found, the goal is to prevent and raise awareness of many possible risks including explosions, fire, fall, etc.

The training proposed by the World Drone Academy is not mandatory, but is "highly recommended". This is a course where four main issues will be addressed, including the legislation. In Belgium, the legislation refers to recreational use when it comes to a drone of up to 1 kg. If Europe has not yet agreed on common laws, there are still rules of use in the private sector. "Flying over the crowds, in airports, or on top of nuclear plants and generally in public places is prohibited by law," says Dominique Wautelet, manager of World Drone Academy.

The course lasts four hours and will be taught by professional pilots. It will be given everywhere in Wallonia and Brussels in three national languages for the amount of € 165. The private company is already planning to propose an offer in Flanders by the end of this year

Ph. AFO / Georges Gobet


Belga - 18/08/2016

https://www.skynet.be/actu-sports/belgique/article/1686677/un-cours-inedit-de-sensibilisation-a-l-utilisation-recreative-du-drone-en-belgique

An unprecedented awareness training for recreational drone users in Belgium

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 (Belga) Drone Valley and the World Drone Academy are launching the first theoretical awareness training for recreational drone users in Belgium, organizers announced on Thursday at the press conference. The first sessions will begin at the end of September, in Wallonia and Brussels, having as objective to know the legislation, to understand the equipment and act in case of incidents as well as learn how to responsibly and safely use a drone.

The project was born from the explosion recreational drones sale, but also due to a unanimous conclusion: "Users are not aware of the risks of improper drone use, they are slight" says Bernard Van Lysebetten, president of Drone Valley. Even though in Belgium, no serious accident has been found, the goal is to prevent and raise awareness of many possible risks including explosions, fire, fall, etc.

The training proposed by the World Drone Academy is not mandatory, but is "highly recommended". This is a course where four main issues will be addressed, including the legislation. In Belgium, the legislation refers to recreational use when it comes to a drone of up to 1 kg. If Europe has not yet agreed on common laws, there are still rules of use in the private sector. "Flying over the crowds, in airports, or on top of nuclear plants and generally in public places is prohibited by law," says Dominique Wautelet, manager of World Drone Academy.

The course, lasting four hours, will be taught by professional pilots. It will be given everywhere in Wallonia and Brussels in three national languages for the amount of 165 euros. The private company is already planning to propose an offer in Flanders by the end of this year.


Le soir - 19/08/2016