FAQ n.116450

How do I determine I fall under the ‘open’ category?


A drone can be operated in the “Open “category when it:

  • bears one of the  class identification labels 0, 1, 2, 3 or 4; or
  • is privately built and its weight is less than 25 kg; or
  • it is placed on the market before 31 December 2023 and bears no class identification label as mentioned above;
  • will not be operated directly over people, unless it bears a  class identification label or is lighter than 250 g. (Please refer to subcategories of operations: A1, A2 and A3 to find out where you can fly with your drone);
  • will be maintained in visual line of sight (VLOS) or the remote pilot will be assisted by a UA observer;
  • is flown at a height of no more than 120 metres;
  • will not carry any dangerous goods and will not drop any material.

Regulatory reference: Article 4 and article 20 of EU Regulation 2019/947; Annex part A and Article 5(1) of EU Regulation 2019/947, Part1 to 5 Annex of EU regulation 2019/945. 

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