DRONE SERVICES IN ITALY

Since 2014

Do you want aerial images, shot with a drone, in Italy?

Are you wondering whether it’s worth trying to manage aerial activities yourself, or relying on an italian drone service?

Well, if you’re looking for information on the use of drones in Italy, you’ve landed on the right page!  

Since 2014, Overfly.me is the leading company in the world of aerial operations with drones in Italy.

We know the world of drones really well, and through this page we will shed light on what you can do independently, and what a partner in Italy is essential for.

Let’s start with the basics.
First of all, you need to know that in Italy, as in the rest of Europe, a new regulation on the use of drones has been in force since January 2021, which aims to standardise the rules on the use of “consumer” and “professional” drones in the skies over the continent.

This regulation, issued by EASA (European Union Aviation Safety Agency), is applied by the aviation authorities of individual European countries: in Italy there is ENAC (Ente Nazionale per l’Aviazione Civile) which, with ENAV (Ente Nazionale Asistenza al Volo) legislates and regulates the air traffic of aircraft “with pilot on board”, as well as that of unmanned aircraft.

The main rules for operating a drone in Italy (as in any other European country)

The regulation issued by EASA, which regulates the use of drones, is very articulated and should be the basis of the mandatory notions for anyone flying a drone.

 

We can highlight 4 key points of this document, which state that:

1) The drone must have a plate applied to its frame, i.e. a QR Code issued by the Italian aviation authority or the country of origin

2) The pilot of the drone must be “licensed” for the type of drone he uses and for the scenario in which he intends to fly it
3) The drone must never fly over crowds of people, keeping the correct distance from people, buildings, etc.
4) The drone must respect the flight limits and prohibitions indicated by ENAC through official maps.

 

Flying safely: this is the first “dogma” that must be borne in mind before taking off a drone.


Complying 100% with the regulations means being certain of not exposing people and property to risk during aerial activities, and will protect the pilot from administrative and penal sanctions which, in Italy, are applied very strictly when it comes to the safety of the skies. 

The Italian aviation authorities represent Italian excellence, recognised throughout the world.

 

“I want to fly over Venice, and maybe in Rome, in front of the Colosseum. 

How should I proceed?”

Rome: On April 23 2022, police seized this drone from an Argentinian tourist who had been operating it illegally.

We have arrived at the crux of the matter.  Or rather, to point no. 4 of the previous list, which puts aerial filming enthusiasts, TV crews and videomakers in difficulty, dreaming of capturing the “Bel Paese” from above, with a drone.

 

The Colosseum? The Arena in Verona? The centre of Florence? 

If you are not a particularly competent drone operator, if you do not have a detailed knowledge of Italian authorisation procedures and best practices, and if you do not speak Italian very well, it is practically impossible for you to fly legally over such areas.

The EASA regulation requires the pilot to register his drone, tag it, and study the regulations (let’s face it… in fairly superficial terms) in order to fly in compliance with the law.

But it doesn’t explain – it’s not its task – how to interface with the single national authorities to fly in airspace where there are active limitations to the use of SAPRs.

Each European country is different, and it is up to the pilot to find out about the local limitations activated by the national authorities, and then to respect them.

The EASA regulation requires the pilot to register his drone, tag it, and study the regulations (let’s face it… in fairly superficial terms) in order to fly in compliance with the law. 

But it doesn’t explain – it’s not its task – how to interface with the single national authorities to fly in airspace where there are active limitations to the use of SAPRs. Each European country is different, and it is up to the pilot to find out about the local limitations activated by the national authorities, and then to respect them.

Italy is characterised by the widespread presence of small airports, helipads and airfields, which, by nature, generate airspace that is prohibited to drones.
In addition, there are active bans on overflying cities of art, archaeological sites, natural parks and, more generally, all the artistic, architectural and natural elements that make Italy the most beautiful country in the world. Very concretely, there is an active ban on flying over every area of national interest.

What does this mean?
It means that 8 times out of 10, a foreign citizen who wants to use a drone in a city of art or in a national park in Italy, will not be able to do so because he will not (realistically) be able to obtain the flight authorisations that only specialised companies are able to obtain in a reasonably short time.

Is it so difficult for a foreign citizen to obtain flight authorisations from the Italian aviation authorities?
The procedures for requesting flight authorisations are demanding for Italian companies specialising in the use of drones.
For ‘non-specialists’, mostly foreigners, it is even more complex.

The issuing of authorisations to fly drones in Italy is not ‘computerised’ from a procedural point of view.
One has to deal with several offices and officials, who will repeatedly ask for specific documents and statements.

Moreover, all Italian law enforcement agencies and aviation authorities are required to send e-mails by ‘certified e-mail’, a standard that is not widely used outside Italy.
Part of the requests for authorisations to fly drones are handled by ‘regional’ offices, another part by central offices (typically in Rome).
Finally, flight authorisations from ENAC and ENAV (where issued) must be sent to the Prefectures in the area of the flight… other officials and other offices.

So, a foreigner cannot fly drones in Italy? 

Of course, he can!  But without additional authorisations he will only fly far from urban centres, cities of art or other types of sensitive scenarios. Provided, of course, that he wants to respect the law! 

Hundreds of videos produced during unauthorised flights can be found on YouTube, but you only have to do a few searches on Google to find out how, on a daily basis, Italian law enforcement agencies stop and sanction drone pilots engaged in unauthorised flights with fines of tens of thousands of euros. This, however, is another matter…

What can Overfly.me do for those who need to produce aerial images with a drone, in Italy?

Since 2014, our company has been carrying out aerial activities with drones for clients from all over the world. CBS, Warner Bros, BBC, RTL, NHK, TV Tokyo, as well as dozens of production companies and foreign film makers choose us for our historical presence on the market, and our professionalism.

Aerial shooting with drones in Italy? if you come from abroad, it is worthwhile to rely on Overfly.me, because:

Transport and logistics
Our teams of true professionals are present on the whole national territory: also for activities involving high-end drones less present on the territory (i.e., from the DJI Inspire 2), you will not pay in any case travel expenses for our professionals and our equipment (TBC islands).

Transporting LiPo batteries (the ones that power drones) by plane is prohibited, except for very small batteries;  shipping them by insured courier can be very expensive.

 

Authorisations
We know how to apply for and obtain flight authorizations in complex scenarios.

Since 2014, we have been dealing with aviation and other institutional entities on a daily basis. It’s our business, as much as flying itself. Where flying is not possible (or not possible in time) we will offer our experience to try to meet your needs. We are your partner in Italy!

 

Pro pilots and camera operators
We are specialized in the use of drones, and the production of aerial images is our daily commitment. We offer highly professional services, providing our experience and our drones at the best market conditions. 

 

Pay after
For 90% of our services, no down payment is required (except for authorisation costs). You pay ‘after’, i.e. on delivery of the masters. 

AIR DRONE ACTIVITIES. IT IS OUR PASSION. IT’S OUR BUSINESS. SINCE 2014

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Overfly.me offers throughout Italy, professional aerial filming services, operated by PRO with years of experience in aerial filming. All our pilots are qualified to fly drones with the highest possible rating, according to the EASA / ENAC regulations in force.

Overfly.me can apply for and obtain authorisation to fly even in airspace that is forbidden to the vast majority of pilots. 

For services that are not strictly cinematographic, we use DJI drones to guarantee shooting standards and dynamics known to producers and filmmakers coming to Italu from all over the world. 

Each Overfly.me team guarantees the client back-up drones, plenty of batteries and everything necessary for a smooth and quality filming service. All over Italy.

We do not rent “drone only”.

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HOW WE WORK

YOUR PROJECT

firstly, we need to know everything about your project. Whether it’s a corporate video or TV production, a better understanding of your needs allows us to estimate the right service for you.

we schedule dates for filming. Up to 7 days from the activity you can cancel the service without any restrictions or penalties.

 

YOUR SHOOTING

 

during the shooting days, we will be an aerial instrument in the hands of the director or performers of an already planned shooting list. We like to be an active part in the creation of aerial images: we provide our know-how, respecting the roles on the set. Our job is our passion.

 

YOUR IMAGES

 

After filming, you can decide whether to download the footage on-site or whether to download it by cloud. Unless otherwise agreed, the material at the maximum native resolution will be made available in the account balance.

Mavic Mini 3 or similar

Weighing in at 250 grams, it can also fly over uninformed people. It is the ideal drone if you cannot perimeter – and therefore restrict access to – the areas you intend to fly over, i.e. in the classic Italian urban scenario

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DJI Mavic 3 or similar

Exceptional video quality in a drone weighing only 899 grams, that can shoot in Pro Res. Drones of this size must maintain a distance of 50 metres from people not involved in filming. 

DJI Inspire 2 X7

One of the most popular drones for high-end requirements, this professional equipment needs no introduction. Overfly.me is authorised by ENAC to use this drone in urban settings,  such as a production set, for example.

EASA “Specific Operations” authorized

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