ASD-STAN publishes three new standards for drone operations in the ‘open’ category

ASD STAN has published three out of the four standards of the series prEN 4709 to demonstrate compliance with the class mark for drones Classes C0, C1, C2 and C3:

  • Direct remote identification: prEN 4709-002 P1 Corrigendum 1 . This document provides means of compliance with the “Direct Remote Identification” requirements set in Regulation (EU) 2019/945 on Unmanned Aircraft Systems.
  • Geo-awareness: prEN 4709-003 P1 . This document provides means to demonstrate compliance with the “geo-awareness” requirements specified in Part 2 points (13), Part 3 points (15) and Part 4 points (10) of the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/945.
  • Green flashing light: prEN 4709-004 P1. This document will provide means of compliance to cover lighting related requirements for Part 2 to 4 of the Annex to the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/945 on unmanned aircraft and on third country UAS operators. The purpose is to be able to verify that an UA is equipped with lights.

The missing standard is the prEN 4709-001, related to the other requirements defined by Regulation (EU) 2019/945. It should be published by ASD STAN before this summer.

ASD STAN and drone manufacturers were very active in the ASD STAN group to support the development of the standards. Some of these drone manufacturers were already able to develop and put on the market drones with class mark. Please be aware that drones with class mark C0, C1, C2, C3 and C6 are already available on the market and more are expected in the next weeks.

From 1 Jan 2024 the transitory period of the drone regulation will end and new drones put on the market after such date, will be able to be operated in the open category only if having a class mark from C0 to C4. You will still be allowed to operate in open category a drone purchased before such date but only in A1 (if with a weight below 250g or A3 (if with a weight below 25kg)

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