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 purchased before 1 January 2023, with no class identification label as 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.
I fall under the ‘open’ category, how do I determine which subcategory I can fly under?
The Subcategory is determined either by:
the label showing the class identification label (0, 1, 2, 3 or 4), affixed to your drone; or
the weight of your drone, for a privately built drone or for a drone without class identification label (called legacy drones);
Caveat: in order to facilitate the transition, drones without class identification labels may fly until 1st of January 2023 according to the requirements defined in article 22 of EU regulation 2019/947 (please refer to FAQ on flying without CE Class Markings for additional information).
Applying the instructions above, please refer to the table below to determine the subcategory you must fly under. For instance, drones with CE class 2 marks canmarks can be only be flown under subcategory A2 (close to people) or A3 (far from people).
Please consider that your state may publish geographical zones that may restrict the use of your drone.