Latvia’s runaway drone flew unlicensed

Latvia's runaway drone was flying without a license. The drone was lost midflight and remained missing for two weeks before it was found high up in the trees.

Latvia's runaway drone flew unlicensed

Today, we learn that the drone was flying without a license from the Civil Aviation Agency (CAA), representative Aivis Vincevs told agency LETA.

The from May 2nd caused the closing of the airspace at the Riga International in Latvia and resulted in a temporary suspension of the high-risk flight permit of the manufacturer and owner of UAVFactory.

According to news outlet, the CAA has completed a monitoring audit of the company and the agency conducted investigations into the administrative infringement case. the evidence and findings allow for the renewal of the previously suspended permit.

The CAA did conclude though that the situation of losing control over an unmanned aircraft has raised the issue for the need for a framework for self-constructed and experimental unmanned aircraft.

UAVFactory has addressed the shortcomings identified in the CAA's surveillance audit. The unmanned aircraft is not equipped with an alternative safety system to prevent it from flying outside the designated area.


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Haye Kesteloo
Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews, and, for all news related to electric vehicles. He is also a co-host of the PiXL Drone Show on YouTube and other podcast platforms. Haye can be reached at haye @ or @hayekesteloo.

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