STOCKHOLM - The Supreme Administrative Court of Sweden has dealt a staggering blow to the nation's rapidly growing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry. Justices ruled that camera mounted on drones require a permit under camera surveillance laws.
Any remote pilot who wants to fly a drone in a public place will now "need to pay a hefty fee to apply for a permit," according to PetaPixel. It will then be up to county administrators to either approve or deny the permit.
In 2014, 20,000 drones were sold in Sweden. The new law invokes a new barrier for those operators, and the holders of 1,000 permits issued for the use of drones for commercial purposes.