Other flight operations and activities

Use of captive balloons

Applicable legislation:
Regulation on the Rules of the Air (Pravilnik o letenju zrakoplova) OG 32/18
Air Safety Order – Use of captive balloons ASO-2014-003

The use of captive balloons is permitted only with the authorization obtained from the Agency.

The operator must obtain the approval for the use of captive balloons with rope longer than 30 m in controlled zones from the relevant Air Traffic Control Unit.

Use of captive balloons is forbidden in the airspace at distances less than 5 km from the aerodrome reference point during the working hours of the aerodrome.


Application for approval must include:

- Name and address of the balloon operator

- Name and surname of the balloon handler

- Flying area (if known)

- Expected flight altitude (if known)

- Planned start of operations, and

- Intended (purpose of) use.


Together with the application, operator shall submit:

1. Captive balloon specifications, and

2. Captive balloon Operator's statement regarding familiarization with all applicable flight safety regulations

3. Administrative Fee in the amount of 20HRK.

Flights (launches) of unmanned free balloons

Applicable legislation: Commission Regulation (EC) 923/2012 (SERA)
Regulations on the Rules of the Air - Pravilnik o letenju zrakoplova OG 32/18 and
Regulations on the Airspace Management - Pravilnik o upravljanju zračnim prostorom OG 32/18, OG 104/18

An unmanned free balloon shall not be launched and operated in the Croatian airspace without the authorization from the Agency.

Flights of unmanned free balloons with a total mass of the dome and ballast exceeding 0.5 kg can be performed only with a prior Croatia Control (AMC Croatia) approval for establishment of ad hoc structure. More information can be found here.


An unmanned free balloon, other than a light balloon used exclusively for meteorological purposes and operated in the manner prescribed by the competent authority, shall not be operated across the territory of another State without authorisation from the other State concerned.

The authorisation shall be obtained prior to the launching of the balloon if there is reasonable expectation, when planning the operation, that the balloon may drift into airspace over the territory of another State.

An unmanned free balloon shall be operated in accordance with conditions specified by the State of Registry and the State(s) expected to be overflown.

An unmanned free balloon shall not be operated in such a manner that impact of the balloon, or any part thereof, including its payload, with the surface of the earth, creates a hazard to persons or property.


Uncontrolled self-propelled flying objects (rocket models and fireworks)

Applicable legislation:
Regulations on the Rules of the Air - Pravilnik o letenju zrakoplova OG 32/18 and
Regulations on the Airspace Management - Pravilnik o upravljanju zračnim prostorom OG 32/18, OG 104/18

Flights (launch) of uncontrolled self-powered flying objects require authorization from the Agency if propulsion fuel mass is more than 20 g and there is no danger for aircraft safety.

Launch of rockets and fireworks is forbidden in the airspace at distances less than 5 km from the aerodrome reference point during the working hours of the aerodrome.

A prior Croatia Control (AMC Croatia) approval for establishment of ad hoc structure is required for flights of uncontrolled flying objects. More information can be found here.

Release of Sky Lanterns

Applicable legislation:
Regulations on the Rules of the Air - Pravilnik o letenju zrakoplova OG 32/18 and
Regulations on the Airspace Management - Pravilnik o upravljanju zračnim prostorom OG 32/18, OG 104/18

The Agency does not issue permissions for release of sky lanterns. The launch of sky lanterns is subject to the approval of the competent air traffic control. More information can be found here.