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Using airspace

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If you want to land on or take off from a municipality’s territory, you often need a certificate of no objection to the use of airspace. Find out more.

If you want to land on or take off from a municipality’s territory by helicoper, hot air balloon or parachute, you need a certificate of no objection from them in most cases.

Dispensation for Temporary and Exceptional Use (TUG)

Planes are only allowed to land or take off at an airport or airfield. If you want to take off or land with an aircraft such as a helicopter, glider or paraglider outside an airfield, you need dispensation from the provincial authorities where you plan to land or take off. This is called a TUG dispensation. TUG stands for Tijdelijk en Uitzonderlijk Gebruik (Temporary and Exceptional Use).You may request dispensation for the following aircrafts:

  • helicopters
  • gliders
  • micro light aeroplanes (MLA)
  • unmanned aircrafts (drones) from 25kg to 150kg
  • seaplanes
  • aircrafts used for agriculture
  • airships
  • airplanes used for air shows

You do not need dispensation for model airplanes.

Hot air balloons or parachutes

If you want to take off or land an unmotorised aircraft such as a hot air ballon? Or do you want to land using a parachute? You need a certificate of no objection from the municipality. The municipality may have assigned a specific place for such taking off or landing. They may also request notification.

Flying drones

You can fly a drone in the uncontrolled section of the airspace. You are not allowed to fly a drone:

  • around airports or airfields
  • over crowds
  • over industrial or port areas
  • over protected nature areas (for this you will need a permit or dispensation from the provincial authorities)

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