174 Uzbekistan

Three equal horizontal bands of blue (top), white, and green separated by red fimbriations with a vertical, white crescent moon (closed side to the hoist) and 12 white, five-pointed stars shifted to the hoist on the top band. Blue is the color of the Turkic peoples and of the sky, white signifies peace and the striving for purity in thoughts and deeds, while green represents nature and is the color of Islam. The red stripes are the vital force of all living organisms that links good and pure ideas with the eternal sky and with deeds on earth. The crescent represents Islam and the 12 stars the months and constellations of the Uzbek calendar.

Flag courtesy of the CIA World Factbook

Map courtesy of the CIA World Factbook

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Female statuette wearing the kaunakes. Chlorite and limestone, Bactria, beginning of the second millennium BC

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Uzbekistan is a member of ICAO.
Last updated on April 19, 2024


According to Britannica, in 1992 Uzbekistan adopted a new constitution to replace the Soviet-era constitution that had been in effect since 1978. The new constitution establishes the country as a republic and provides for legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government, dominated by a strong executive. Personal liberties generally are protected, but the government is given the right to restrict some of these liberties in certain circumstances. Nationalist or religious political parties are prohibited.

The country’s bicameral legislature (the Oliy Majlis, or Supreme Assembly) consists of a Legislative Chamber and a Senate. Legislative Chamber members are elected to five-year terms; most of the members of the Senate are indirectly elected, but some are appointed by the president. The legislature has the authority to amend the constitution, enact legislation, approve the budget, and confirm presidential appointees.

The president is the head of state and government (with the assistance of the prime minister) and is elected for a maximum of two consecutive seven-year terms, though the term can be extended by referendum. The president appoints the cabinet and the high court justices, subject to parliamentary approval, and has the authority to issue binding decrees and repeal legislation passed by local administrative bodies.

The highest courts are the Constitutional Court, the Supreme Court, and the Higher Economic Court (for commercial cases), in addition to two high courts for the autonomous republic of Qoraqalpoghiston. Judges are appointed by the president, subject to approval by the legislature.

Civil / National Aviation Authority (CAA/NAA)

The Civil Aviation Agency under the Ministry of Transport (CAA) was set up by Decree No. PF-5647 of February 1, 2019 of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On measures to fundamentally improve the system of public administration in the field of transport” and Resolution No. ПК-4143 of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On organizing the activities of the Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Uzbekistan” dated February 1, 2019 in order to ensure its implementation.


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ICAO countries publish an Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP). This document is divided into three parts: General (GEN), En Route (ENR) and Aerodromes (AD). ENR 1.4 details the types of airspace classes they chose to adopt from classes A through G. Uzbekistan AIP

airspace classification

airspace classification

Drone Regulations

Drone Laws

Pursuant to Cabinet of Ministers Decision № 322 of 26.11. 2014y. the import into the territory of RUz and the operation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in the airspace of the Republic of Uzbekistan is permitted only on the basis of a separate decision of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Such permission can be obtained only by a legal entity and only for carrying out departmental tasks. Provision of services, on a reimbursable and free of charge basis, to third-party organizations, including individuals, is prohibited.

Further, with such permission from the Government of the RUz, the applicant must obtain, in accordance with the established procedure, the permission of the authorized body (Mininfokom) to use electronic equipment equipped with UAV.

If all the above permits are available, the applicant is obliged to submit an Application to the Agency for registration and admission to operate the UAV in accordance with the “Regulation on the Procedure for the Operation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Civil and State Aviation of the Republic of Uzbekistan,” approved by Cabinet of Ministers Decision № 287 of 31 August 2016y.

After registration and obtaining the permit to operate the UAV, the applicant can start operating the UAV with the authorization from the EU authorities of the UIVP to use the airspace of the Republic of Uzbekistan. The procedure for submitting applications and issuing permits for the use of the airspace of the Republic of Uzbekistan by unmanned aerial vehicles is carried out in accordance with Annex № 7 to the Regulation on the Procedure for the Operation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Civil and State Aviation of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

These requirements do not apply to aircraft models and toy models of aircraft.

Toy models of aircraft can be used without passing the above procedures and permits for the use of airspace. Flights of toy models of aircraft are carried out at an altitude of up to 50 meters, not closer than 150 meters from the lanes of air approaches of airfields, at a safe distance from people and with constant visual contact with the aircraft.

The flights of models of aircrafts (model aircrafts) intended for holding training, sporting, cultural and educational events, development of technical creativity are carried out only in special zones of flights of aircrafts according to the Provision on use of airspace of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Information on the illegal use and storage of unmanned drones in the Republic of Uzbekistan

In connection with the increase in demand from foreign tourists and representatives of foreign media and in order to develop inbound tourism, the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan No. 322 dated November 26, 2014 was amended in 2018, which provides for a simplified procedure for issuing permits for temporary import and use territory of the Republic of Uzbekistan UAV for the preparation of photo and video materials about the tourism potential of the republic, including for foreign creative groups, at the request of the State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan for the development of tourism, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the National Agency “Uzbekkino”.

The simplified procedure for issuing such permits provides for the official application of a foreign citizen to one of the above ministries or departments or through the electronic platform of the Civil Aviation Agency to obtain a permit for the temporary import and use of UAVs in the territory of Uzbekistan.

At present, the following organizations have separate decisions of the Cabinet of Ministers in civil aviation:

Advanced Air Mobility (AAM)


Short Essay Questions

Question 1

You have been hired by a Drone Startup Company. Your boss has immediately assigned this job to you.

They need you to prepare a one-page memo detailing the legalities of using a drone to film in Uzbekistan.

They need you to mention any national laws and local ordinances.

They specifically want to know what airspace you will be operating in and whether or not you need an airspace authorization.

Does it matter whether or not you are a citizen of the country?

Lastly, there is a bonus for you if, as you scroll through this chapter, you find any typos or broken links!

Question 2

Do you need a certificate to fly UAS?

If so, how do you obtain one?

Are there fees associated with this?

If so, how much?

Question 3

May you operate beyond visual line of sight?

If so, what procedures must you follow?

Question 4

Does the country have UAM/AAM laws? If so, describe, citing the exact law.

Question 5

Are you aware of any new laws or policies not mentioned above? If so, describe, citing the exact law or policy.





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