The EU Commission has published Regulation (EU) 2022/425, amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/947. The updated regulation postpones the transition dates for the use of certain unmanned aircraft systems in the ‘open’ category and the date of application for standard scenarios for operations executed in or beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS).
The latest regulation modifies some applicability dates of Regulation (EU) 2019/947:
– Drones with class identification label to be used in the open category from1 Jan 2024
– Drones without class identification label can be used in the “limited” open category according to Article 22 of Regulation 2019/947 until 31 Dec 2023.
– Drones without class identification label purchased before 31 Dec 2023 can be continued to be used in A1 or A3 (depending on their weight) also after 1 Jan 2024.
-Remote identification for drones in the specific category mandatory from 1 Jan 2024.
– EU standard scenarios applicable from 1 Jan 2024.
Some of the harmonised standards addressing the requirements applicable to UAS of classes C0 to C6 necessary to operate in the ‘open’ category or under the standard scenarios, as well as the direct remote identification would not be available until mid-2023. Without those harmonised standards, UAS manufacturers would in practice be hindered from placing compliant UAS on the market before the end of the transitional period provided for by Article 22 of Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/947. It is therefore necessary to extend the dates provided for in Articles 20 and 22 of Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/947 in order to ensure that the harmonised standards addressing the requirements applicable to UAS of classes C0 to C6 are available to UAS producers and operators before those periods expire.
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