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Lithuanian citizens can only log into the system using a qualified signature through the Electronic Government Gateway (VIISP):

  • A mobile signature that can be provided by a mobile operator;
  • Electronic banking;
  • An identification document with an electronic chip.

TKA tool (User ID is provided) – only for citizens of foreign countries or citizens of the Republic of Lithuania, who live abroad and do not have the opportunity to connect via VIISP.

If you are a citizen of the Republic of Lithuania, live abroad and do not have the opportunity to connect through the Electronic Government Gateway, then we can provide you with a User ID connection to the TKA tool.

Request “Get an ID” and be sure to attach copies of your identity document and a document proving your place of residence outside LT:

User of an unmanned aircraft system ( UAS user ) – a legal or natural person using or intending to use one or more UAS.

A remote pilot is a natural person who operates a UAS.

The key difference between the two is that the UAS operator is the owner of the drone, while the remote pilot is the person entrusted by the UAS operator with the control of the UAS.

In most cases, the user of the UAS and the remote pilot are the same natural person.

It is important to mention that a legal entity cannot be a remote pilot.

It is essentially the same thing, but an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) is an unmanned aircraft together with its remote control equipment. Therefore, the use of the term UAS and unmanned aircraft are essentially the same.

Registration in the TKA information system is required for UAS users (legal entity or natural person) who use drones with a take-off mass of 250 g or more or lighter and which have a sensor capable of capturing personal data.

No, a UAS user registers once and receives one unique UAS user registration number. Regardless of how many different UASs a UAS operator owns, they must all display the same UAS operator registration number.

No, only professionally used certified drones subject to the certification requirement are registered.

In Lithuania – from the age of 16.

Not if the UAS flight meets the requirements of open category A1 subcategory.

In order to obtain a certificate of approval of the completion of online training (A1/A3), first of all, you register in the online system as a user and have:

1. complete an online training course;

2. pass an online theoretical knowledge exam;

3. pay for issuing the certificate.

The online training course consists of nine chapters. After going through all the material of the chapter, the chapter is considered complete. The section can be revisited as needed. Only after completing the entire training course, the system confirms the completion of the online training. The training course must be repeated after failing the online theoretical knowledge exam.

After completing the entire training course, an online theoretical knowledge exam can be taken. This exam consists of 40 questions, distributed proportionally from all subjects of the training course. The questions are presented with four possible answers and only one of them is correct. The duration of the exam is 40 minutes. When answering questions, you can freely move from one question to another or return to the previously viewed one and change the chosen answer option. If the answer is not submitted by the end of the exam time, the unanswered question will be considered as answered incorrectly. The exam will be passed if at least 75% of all questions are answered correctly. There is no limit on retakes of the exam, but it will only be possible to retake the exam after re-completing the entire online training course. The result of the passed exam is valid for one year to obtain the certificate.

The online exam, like the online training course, is not charged.

In order to obtain a Remote Pilot Qualification Certificate (A2), which entitles you to conduct flights in the A2 subcategory of the open category, you submit a completed application in the prescribed form in the “APPLICATION FORMS” directory of the online system and confirm that:

1. you have completed an online training course and passed an online theoretical knowledge exam, and you have a valid online training completion approval certificate (A1/A3);

2. you have completed independent practical training under the conditions of use established for subcategory A3;

3. you have passed the additional theory exam “Remote pilot’s knowledge of technical and use-related ground risk reduction methods”, in the TKA examination rooms;

4. you pay for the issuance of a new certificate.

The A2 certificate is valid for 5 years from the date of its issuance. The issued document is placed in the system directory “MY ACCOUNT” ->>  “CERTIFICATES”.

In order to obtain a certificate of theoretical knowledge of flights according to standard scenarios (hereinafter referred to as the STS certificate), you submit a completed application in the prescribed form in the system directory “APPLICATION FORMS” and confirm that:

1. you have completed an online training course and passed an online theoretical knowledge exam and have a valid A1/A3 or A2 certificate;

2. you have passed the additional theoretical knowledge exam “Remote pilot’s knowledge of technical and use-related risk reduction methods” in the TKA examination rooms;

3. completed independent practical training under the conditions of use established for the A3 subcategory; and

4. you pay for the issuance of a new certificate.

If you declare all points 1-3 above, you will be issued an A1/A3 & A2 & STS level certificate, if only points 1-2 – A1/A3 & STS.

The STS certificate is valid for 5 years from the date of its issuance. The issued document is placed in the system directory “MY ACCOUNT” ->>  “CERTIFICATES”.

A remote pilot can acquire the additional theoretical knowledge required to pass the additional theory examination for the remote pilot rating certificate by participating in competency-based training that integrates aspects related to non-technical skills, taking into account the specific risks associated with UAS operations. Competency-oriented training should be designed using analysis, design, development, implementation and evaluation (ADDIE) principles.

Competencies can be acquired in one of two ways:

  • self-study, for example:
    • reading the instructions or booklets provided by the UA manufacturer;
    • reading related information or watching video instructional material; and
    • by getting input from others who already have experience flying UA.
  • studying in an educational institution.

A remote pilot can also complete his studies in classroom or distance or similar training organized by the training institution. This training is not regulated by the UAS Regulation, so the TKA is not required to approve the training programs.

Yes. The number of exams is not limited, as long as there is a free exam place.

The price of taking/retaking the exam in class is EUR 16.

No, under no circumstances is flying a drone over a crowd of people possible in the open category.

Close to bystanders can only be flown under the open category A1 subcategory requirements for unmanned aircraft and flight conditions.

Self-directed practical training can be carried out wherever it is possible to meet the conditions of the open category A3 subcategory.

The purpose of self-learning practical skills is to ensure that the remote pilot is able to demonstrate the following skills in all situations:

  • operate Class C2 UAS within their limitations;
  • perform all maneuvers smoothly and accurately;
  • make appropriate decisions and skillfully control the aircraft;
  • apply theoretical knowledge; and
  • control the UA at all times so that the successful outcome of the procedure or maneuver is never in serious doubt.

The remote pilot should complete the practical skills self-study using a UAS with the same flight characteristics (eg, fixed-wing systems, hydrofoil) and similar weight as the UAS that will be used to conduct the UAS flights. This means using a UA with a maximum take-off mass (MTOM) of less than 4 kg and a Class 2 identification mark.

If using a UAS with both manual and automatic control schemes, self-learning of practical skills must be conducted using both systems. If the UAS is equipped with multiple automatic functions, the remote pilot should demonstrate proficiency in the use of each automatic function.

Self-learning of practical skills should at least include flight exercises related to take-off or launch and landing or rescue, and should also include maintaining precise flight maneuvers in a given airspace, gliding in all directions or circling around certain areas. In addition, the remote pilot should follow contingency procedures for unusual situations (such as a return-to-home function, if available) as outlined in the manufacturer’s owner’s manual. However, the remote pilot must follow those contingency procedures that do not require the deactivation of UAS functions that may reduce its level of safety.

Yes, it is valid. UAS user registration certificates issued in other EU countries are also valid in Lithuania.

In all cases, the primary responsibility rests with the user of the UAS. In the event of an incident or detection of an illegal UAS flight, the UAS operator must indicate who was in control of the unmanned aircraft at the given time. If the UAS operator does not provide remote pilot information, then the UAS operator is responsible.

Yes, the UAS operator registration number must be prominently displayed on the drone. (official map) (unofficial map of the drone user community)

Permits for flights in the EYP and EYR zones are issued by the Air Force of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, in accordance with the description of the procedure for issuing Permits for aircraft flights in prohibited or restricted zones, the prescribed application form of which is presented in Appendix 1. More:

EYD is a special operations airspace where it is dangerous for aircraft to fly when the zone is activated. The activation period for the EYD area is published in a NOTAM or Airspace Restrictions Bulletin.

VĮ Oro navigacija website .

The border zone is valid on the border with Belarus and Russia. The border zone extends 4 nautical miles (about 7.4 km) into the territory of Lithuania from the border with Russia and Belarus. Flights in the border zone are carried out in accordance with the description of the procedure for issuing permits for civil aircraft flights in the border zone of the Republic of Lithuania.

Flights without prior agreement are strictly prohibited in the border area.

EYURM are military zones where flights are prohibited. EYURM flights are conducted in accordance with this order of the Minister of National Defense.

For flight permits, apply to EYURM in the order of the Minister of National Defense or through the contacts indicated on the page  , after selecting the desired zone.

ATZ and TIZ are classified as Radio Mandatory Airspace (RMZ). Thus, operations in ATZ/TIZ are permitted with prior agreement with the aerodrome owner or operator.

Yes. Up to the approved maximum permissible altitudes it is possible to fly according to the requirements of the open category without prior flight clearances. More:

The maximum permissible height sectors in controlled airspace are marked:

No, if the weight of the drone is above 25 kg, such a flight always falls under the special category.

Such drones may be flown in UAS aerobatics clubs or associations established in accordance with Article 16 of Regulation (EU) 2019/947.

In the open category, the FPV drone can only be flown with a UA spotter to help keep the UA clear of obstacles. A UA observer may not use visual aids (e.g. binoculars). The UA spotter must be close to the remote pilot to alert the remote pilot, helping to maintain the required distance between the UA and any obstacles, including other air traffic. Also, in any case, even during flights using FPV, the remote pilot is still responsible for the safety of the flight.

It is allowed to fly in the open category over an obstacle higher than 120 m up to 15 meters above the height of the obstacle. However, only if there is a clear request from the owner of the obstacle (eg a contract with the owner to perform an inspection). In this case, you can fly horizontally at a distance of 50 meters from the obstacle. This exemption does not apply in controlled airspace.

In Lithuania, according to civil liability insurance, it is mandatory to insure an unmanned aircraft if the maximum take-off weight with cargo is more than 20 kg. Also, each EU country may apply additional national requirements, so the insurance requirement may be different in each EU country.

Yes, all model aircraft weighing 250g and above are treated as drones and their operators as users/remote pilots.

The rules governing drones do not apply when flights are conducted indoors and the aircraft does not have access to open airspace.

Some requirements may be waived or relaxed if flights are performed in UAS aerobatics clubs or associations established under Article 16 of Regulation (EU) 2019/947.