According to this (somewhat dubious looking article):

Since it is so light, the FlyNano falls under the weight of what is considered to be a plane, so in most countries you won't need a flying license to take this baby to the skies.


The aircraft weight needs to be 70 kg or less. FlyNano mentioned this on their FAQs page (my paraphrasing):

Do I need a pilot's license to operate FlyNano?

According to the European Aviation Safety Association regulation ... FlyNano is below the necessary weight of 70kg ... In Finland for example no classification, no aviation license or medical certification are needed. But skill is needed. Nevertheless a good understanding of water plane operation, rules and aviation safety is requested. ...

I found that any aircraft less than 70kg is not affected by EASA regulations. But regardless, and emphasized by FlyNano also, pilot skills are required.

  • $\begingroup$ This also says that Amateur/Experimental built aircraft are exempt regardless of weight. $\endgroup$ Feb 10 '15 at 16:32
  • $\begingroup$ I found this document that seems to have the full legal code that lists these points. eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/… $\endgroup$ Feb 10 '15 at 16:33
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    $\begingroup$ @LewisGoddard Sweet, gonna build me a Concorde! $\endgroup$
    – Jon Story
    Feb 10 '15 at 16:38
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    $\begingroup$ One important thing to note from that FAQ, though is "FlyNano is below the necessary weight of 70kg, which means that national authorities decide on the classification." So, no license is required in Finland, but the requirements might not be uniform across the E.U. $\endgroup$
    – reirab
    Feb 10 '15 at 16:53
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    $\begingroup$ @LewisGoddard Right, that was my point: while EASA does not regulate such aircraft, individual countries may have their own rules for them, so someone wanting to fly one should still check with their local regulations. $\endgroup$
    – reirab
    Feb 10 '15 at 17:34

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