We finally have it, the world’s first kite-marked drone!
After much discussion, waiting and expectation, the DJI Mavic 3 has become the very first drone in the world to receive a C1 Class certification under the new EASA drone regulation.
Allowing the drone to operate within the A1 subcategory of the Open category, the new C1 classification means that the drone will not be restricted to the A2 or even A3 categories (for those without A2CofC) and operators allowed much more freedom to operate in environments closer to people.
A1 Sub Category Drone Law
As discussed elsewhere in our UK drone laws page, the A1 Subcategory for <900g C1 drones allows for flight “close to people” and presumably means that the Mavic 3 will now be a popular choice for operators wanting to ensure they are futureproofing their fleet.
About the Mavic 3
The Mavic 3 is the current flagship of the Mavic range, with a very impressive list of specifications. Launched in November 2021, the 4/3 CMOS Hasselblad sensor capable of 5.1k 50fps video, 28x Zoom Camera, up to 46 minutes of flight time and can now also boast C1 Class certification.
It would be hoped that now DJI have succeeded in gaining C1 Class certification for the Mavic 3 that certification for other popular DJI drones will soon follow.
How Mavic 3 Gained It’s Kite-Mark
The certification for the Mavic 3 came from TÜV Rheinland on behalf of EASA (European Union Aviation Safety Agency) and, although the CAA in the UK largely aligned their rules and regulations with EASA in 2021 (including the Class certification system and the related transitional period) as we are no longer an EU member state this means that the Mavic 3 is still not currently certified in the UK. This may change however but this depends entirely on the CAA and their decision as to whether approve this based on the EASA certification.
Following a recent consultation, due to the lack of assessment bodies, and the necessary infrastructure to introduce the class mark certification by 1st Jan 2023 the CAA have recommended pushing back the transitional period in the UK indefinitely. This allows some breathing space for both manufacturers and the CAA to create a more sensible transition to class-marked UAS.
Further Classifications for the DJI Mavic 3
We will soon see whether the CAA adopt the C1 Class certification of the DJI Mavic 3 for the UK or decide to wait until they are in a position to make assessments for themselves, however we are guessing that it would make sense for a universal adoption of standards (but sense doesn’t always prevail so who knows!)