2.1 Open category
Drone flights in the ‘open’ category shall not be subject to any prior operational authorization, nor to an operational declaration by the drone operator before the flight takes place.
The ‘open’ category addresses the lower-risk drone flight, where safety is ensured provided the drone pilot complies with the relevant requirements for its intended flight. This category is subdivided into three subcategories, namely A1, A2 and A3, established on basis of operational limitations, requirements for the remote pilot and technical requirements for drones. Operational risks in the ‘open’ category are considered low and, therefore, no operational authorization is required before starting a flight.
2.2 Specific & Certified
Not flying into Open category involves flying specific or certified categories. What are specific and certified categories?
Specific: Flights in the ‘specific’ category should cover other types of flights presenting a higher risk and for which a thorough risk assessment should be conducted to indicate which requirements are necessary to keep the flight safe.
Certified: Flights in the ‘certified’ category should, as a principle, be subject to rules on certification of the remote pilot, and the licensing of remote pilots, in addition to the certification of the drone pursuant to Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/945
For specific and certified categories, remote pilots will need member states authorization. To obtain such permissions, Parrot can provide support by providing templates and information regarding SORA models, PDRA templates, technical drone compliant certificates, ….
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