FAQ EASA UAV Regulations

Here you can find a list of most questions asked around the new EASA regulations.

What changes regd. European drone regulations?

  • The european drone rules are harmonized, such that operators will be able to operate their drones seamlessly when travelling across the EU. The new EASA regulations will cover EASA member states, in particular all EU member states.

 

What’s the timeline of the new EASA regulations, is there a transitional period?

  • Operators and drone manufacturers have the next two years (2021-2022) to become compliant in terms of the training that they need and the compliance of their equipment, respectively. In the open category, for category A3 drones, like WingtraOne, equipment sold before 2023 can still be operated beyond 2023. 

  • In other words, in the open category, for sub-category A3 drones, like WingtraOne, if you have purchased the drone without a C-class marking, you can still operate it beyond 2023.

 

Will there be a difference between commercial and recreational drone flying?

  • No, the requirements for either drone operations are governed by a so-called “risk based approach”: only the risk of a drone operation matters, not why the operation takes place.

 

Can my WingtraOne be operated even after the new EASA UAV rules are fully applied?  

  • Yes, you can operate the WingtraOne in the open category, if the following requirements are met: 
    • Operation requirements
      • VLOS (visual line of sight)
      • Not in restricted airspace
      • Max. 120m altitude above ground
      • 150m (horizontal) distance from residential, commercial, industrial or recreational areas
      • Fly in an area where you can reasonably expect that no uninvolved person will be endangered
    • Operator requirements
      • Read the user manual
      • Register the operator (through the National Aviation Authority)
      • Complete the operator online training and test (through National Aviation Authority)
  • Alternatively, you can operate the WingtraOne in the Specific category.

 

Will you enable any upgrade for an already sold unit to prepare it to meet new regulations?

  • All units placed on the market before January 2023 can be operated with the new regulations.
  • Only units placed on the market from January 2023 onwards must comply with the new regulations and must have the C-class marking to be operated in the open category.
  • In either case (sold before 2023 without C3 marking or after 2023 with C3 marking) customers shall fly in the open category in accordance with the subcategory A3 limitations:
    • Fly where no uninvolved person will be endangered
    • 150m away from residential, commercial, industrial or residential areas
    • 30m away from any person that passes the area
    • VLOS
    • 120m AGL maximum altitude

 

Will all drones be able to continue operations after 2021 and 2023?
All units placed on the market before January 2023 can be operated with the new regulations. These units do not require a C3 before and after January 2023.
Only units sold after January 2023 need a C3.

 

How can I fly WingtraOne in the Specific category?

  • Get the operation authorisation from your country’s National Authority, by submitting a specific operational risk assessment (SORA) or;
  • Submit self-declaration for compliance with a Standard Scenario. At the moment, no Standard Scenarios are currently available for the WingtraOne aircraft.

 

Will I have to register myself as a UAS operator?

  • Yes. The registration process is in the responsibility of the national aviation authority.
  • Online operator training and tests are also provided by the national aviation authority.

 

Will I have to register my WingtraOne?

  • No, UAV registration is generally not required in the Open and the Specific category.

 

Who applies for an Operational Authorization (by a SORA)?

  • The operator has to get the approval for operation, by getting a SORA approved by the national aviation authority. 

 

If one user applies for SORA is it valid across all countries for all users?

  • Generally no, the Operational Authorization of a SORA is not transferable and has to be filed by every operator.

 

Who creates the standard scenarios?

  • Either EASA or the national aviation authorities

 

Will “remote identification” be required for the open category before January 1st, 2023*?

  • No. (see section above for the full list of requirements for the open category until 2022*)
How will remote identification be ensured?
  • The remote ID will be in place once needed. Wingra will do everything possible to have the complete fleet complying with regulations at any time.
  • A WingtraOne that is bought before the end of 2023 will not need the remote ID.

 

Will an ADS-B transponder be mandatory to fly WingtraOne?

  • No ADS-B transponder (neither a receiver nor a transmitter) is required, neither from January 1st, 2021* nor from January 1st, 2023*. 
  • There will be a requirement for “remote identification” from January 1st, 2023*, however the technology to be used will NOT be ADS-B, and the details are still under development. 

 

Will positioning lights be mandatory to fly WingtraOne?

  • No. WingtraOne can be operated in the open category A3 without positioning lights at least until January 1st, 2023*.

 

Is demonstration of compliance (e.g. through flight logs) required?

  • Demonstration of compliance is not required in the Open category. Some operations in the Specific Category might need it.

 

Are users allowed to attach something (registration plate, tracker, lights) to WingtraOne for complying with regulations?

  • Generally, there is no modification required by EASA (specifically, there is no requirement to retrofit UAVs sold before January 1st, 2023*)
  • Generally it is not allowed to modify the drone without Wingtra’s explicit consent. 

 

Is Wingtra planning to sign the Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) from the Swiss U-Space Concept of Operation (SUSCO)?

  • Wingtra currently focuses on the first part of the regulatory change, which does not yet include the U-space. Wingtra will have the technical requirements in place to join U-space once it will become effective. 

 

*In the light of COVID-19, the European Commision has postponed the applicability of the new EASA UAV regulations by 6 months to January 1st, 2021, resp. January 1st, 2023.

 

 

 

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