Flights below minimum heights

Applicable legislation:
Flights below SERA minimum heights can only be conducted with the prior approval of the Agency.

Since  commercial specialized operation below SERA minimum heights over the congested areas of cities, towns or settlements or over an open-air assembly of persons is considered as high risk operation in the Republic of Croatia, aircraft operators from the EU Member States, Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein and Switzerland must obtain approval for cross-border commercial high-risk operations (HR COM SPO) from their respective aviation authority. More detailed information can be found at High risk commercial specialised operations (HR COM SPO).

Application for approval of flights below minimum heights shall be submitted by the aircraft operator and shall contain the following data:
  • Name and address of the operator,
  • Type of operation requested (e.g. photography, agriculture)
  • Type of aircraft and registration mark
  • Pilot(s) information (name and surname, number and type of pilot licence)
  • Area of operation
  • Purpose of flights below minimum height
  • Date or time period of operation
  • Details of the area and planned flight altitude
  • Information on whether the flights below SERA minimum heights will be conducted over the congested areas of cities, towns or settlements or over an open-air assembly of persons.
The following documents must be submitted with the application:
  • appropriate document from national aviation authorities which authorizes the operator for this type of operation or safety assessment that contains identified dangers, risk assessment and mitigation measures for the type of operation required and the area of operation
  • certificate of registration
  • certificate of airworthiness, airworthiness review certificate (if applicable)
  • valid licences, ratings and pilot medical certificates for the flight crew involved in operations
  • certificate of insurance issued according to regulation 785/2004
  • detailed map of the area of operation with the exact distances from populated areas
  • written statement of the owner of the property (if applicable – e.g. if there is a risk of damage to a property or people in the area of operations, etc.)
  • noise certificate (if applicable)