Planning to fly a drone during an UNIS excursion or fieldwork?

Flying a drone during an UNIS excursion or fieldwork will automatically be regarded as a commercial operation, and you will need to comply with the Norwegian RPAS regulations.

Note that this also applies if you only intend to capture images or film for private use only, i.e. you will not be allowed to fly you own private drone while participating in an UNIS organized activity, unless you meet our requirements.

UNIS will only allow you to fly under the RO1 regulations that has the following limitations:

  • Drone weight is under 2.5 kg and speed lower than 60 knots
  • Max altitude is 120 m
  • Flight only during daylight
  • Flight only in visual line of sight
  • Not closer than 50 m from people, vehicles or buildings

If your operation requires flight beyond those limitations, please contact the UNIS Drone group:
Arctic Geology: Sara Cohen
Arctic Geophysics: Marius Jonassen
Arctic Geophysics: Marcos Porcires
Arctic Technology: Sebastian Sikora

Read more about CAA’s drone regulations here.

AG-340 students on excursion in Grønfjorden. Photo: Sebastian Sikora/UNIS.

Arctic geology excursion to Grønfjorden. Photo: Sebastian Sikora/UNIS

UNIS will have the following platforms for rent, with or without a pilot:

  • DJI Inspire 1 (with IR camera option)
  • DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise (with zoom or IR camera)
  • DJI Phantom 4 pro
  • Parrot Bebop 2
  • Funjet Ultra (fixed wing)

If you are using an external drone that is NOT registered in the UNIS RPAS system, you will have the responsibility for having:

  1. Insurance
  2. Registration as an RO1 operator to CAA (Luftfartstilsynet)
  3. An updated Operators Manual

Follow the link below to register as an RO1 operator. For Norwegian citizens this can be done in Altinn.
RO1 declaration

All drone campaigns must get approved by the UNIS drone group.

Important: All missions needs to be described and approved, by filling the UNIS mission acceptance form. Download a copy here (.docx).

Prepare the following documents and arrange a meeting before fieldwork:

  1. Mission acceptance form
  2. Copy of RO1 declaration *
  3. Insurance documents *

* Only for external drones NOT in the UNIS RPAS system

Topics to be discussed:

  • Flight logbook
  • Scope of work
  • HSE
  • Data handling


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