DJI, the world leader in drone and camera technology, has received the world’s first C1 EU certificate for drones under the new European Drone Regulation.
The C1 certificate for the Mavic 3 series – which requires an update to C1-compliant firmware – brings a number of benefits. Users will be able to fly in the new open A1 category – previously only allowed with drones under 250g – and will no longer have to take the complex and costly A2 exam for the “Remote Piloting License.” The new class covers drones weighing up to 900 grams, which may be flown in the vicinity of bystanders.
The C1 certificate was issued by the officially recognized notified body of TÜV Rheinland. It is valid throughout the European Economic Area (EEA, i.e. EU plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) and applies to all hardware and C1-updated firmware of the current DJI Mavic 3 series.
Application for the new C1 label for the Mavic 3 series is expected to be available to all customers starting in the fourth quarter of 2022. From that point on, users will be able to apply for the label easily and free of charge on a voluntary basis. All they need to do is provide their drone’s serial number and confirm that they have updated to the firmware required for C1 certification. Further details will be announced in due course.