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ANAC has established the rules for the operation of civilian unmanned aircraft, also known as drones, in Brazil.

ANAC Brazilian Civil Aviation Special Regulation No. 94 (RBAC-E No. 94) is complementary to the rules established by the Department of Airspace Control (DECEA) and the National  Telecommunications Agency (ANATEL).

According to ANAC, model aircraft are unmanned aircraft used for recreation and leisure and remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) are unmanned aircraft used for other purposes such as experimental, commercial or corporate activities.

Both types (model aircraft and RPA) may only be used  at least 30 meters horizontally away from people who have not consented to or are not directly involved with the operation of the aircraft. Each remote pilot can only operate one aircraft at a time.

Rules for the operation of a model aircraft are quite simple!  Just keep the required distance from third parties and respect the rules established by DECEA and ANATEL.

Model aircraft with a maximum takeoff weight (including  its batteries and payload) up to 250 grams do not need to be registered. Model aircraft heavier than 250 grams must be registered or inscribed (for further information about how to register your drone, click here). To operate model aircraft above 400 feet above ground level, the remote pilot must have a license and a rating issued or validated by ANAC.

Contact Information

Remote pilot license and rating: processos.pel@anac.gov.br

Design authorization/approval and issuance of experimental certificate of airworthiness: rpas.ggcp@anac.gov.br

Registration (not including SISANT): rab@anac.gov.br

Model aircraft and small RPAS registration (SISANT): gtno@anac.gov.br  

Issuance of special airworthiness certificate and continuing airworthiness: ggac@anac.gov.br

Enforcement: Contact ANAC or dial 163 (only in Brazil)