How Mexico is becoming the drone capital of Latin America ?
Updated: Aug 10, 2021
MEXICO DRONE REGULATIONS:
According to Mexico’s national aviation authority, Mexico’s Directorate General of Civil Aeronautics (DGCA), flying a drone is legal in Mexico, but we recommend being aware of and compliant with the drone regulations listed below before doing so. If you’d like to contact the DGCA directly before you travel with any questions you might have, here is their contact information: email@example.com / +52 5 687 7660
Authorization for photography and recording in areas, monuments, and museums of INAH
Permission is required to take photographs, film, or record in areas, monuments, and museums of the National Institute of Anthropology and History for professional or commercial purposes. There is also a large fee for taking photo or video in INAH areas, up to $10,905.00 mxn/day.
Mexico - drone capital of LATAM
According to Mexico’s national aviation authority, Mexico’s Directorate General of Civil Aeronautics (DGCA), flying a drone is legal in Mexico, but we recommend being aware of and compliant with the drone regulations:
General Rules for Flying a Drone in Mexico
Based on our research and interpretation of the laws, here are the most important rules to know for flying a drone in Mexico.
All drones weighing over 250 grams (.55 pounds) must be registered with the DGCA.
Registration requires an official ID proving Mexican citizenship, therefore prohibiting registration by foreign persons. Learn more about registering your drone in Mexico here.
Fly only in daylight.
Keep the drone within your visual line of sight and no farther than 1,500 feet away from the operator.
Do not fly higher than 400 feet above ground level.
Do no-fly over people or animals.
Do not fly at historical sites such as Chichen Itza.
by Rafa Fernandez De Castro
May 2015 - Mexico is getting high on drones.
A lack of strict aerospace regulations combined with a growing manufacturing and aerospace industry could turn the country into the drone capital of Latin America. Mexico recently opened the first drone pilot academy in the region, and now hopes to become a global competitor in the high-flying industry.
“Mexico has low production costs and there’s skilled labor that can turn the nation into a key player in the drone industry,” “There’s a big entrepreneurial spirit here.”
Gonzalez isn’t the only one developing the Mexican market. A local company known as Unmanned Systems Technology International has released a drone known as MX-1, which is being marketed as “a proudly Mexican aircraft backed by thousands of hours of conceptualization, design, prototyping and flight tests.