Transitional category

Every drone operated in the open category must bear a class identification label (C0, C1, C2, C3, C4). Drones without class identification labels fall into a transitional category. Slightly different rules apply in this category.

Transitional provisions for drones without class markings

The first drones with a class identification label will gradually be made available from the end of 2022. There products will meet the current requirements and can be used without restriction.

Rules for drones without class identification labels

Drones without a class identification label can be flown under the transitional category rules. These are progressively more restrictive:

Rules until December 2023
Weight Certificate Operation according to Additional operating restrictions
<250g Not required A1 None
<500g A1/A3 A1 None
<2kg A1/A3 + A2 A2 Horizontal safety distance of at least 50m to uninvolved persons
<25kg A1/A3 A3 None
Rules from January 2024
Weight Certificate Operation according to Additional operating restrictions
<250g Not required A1 None
<25kg A1/A3 A3 None

Why does my drone have to have a CE marking and a class marking?

   
CE marking By means of the CE mark, the manufacturer of your drone declares that it meets the applicable technical requirements. In this way the manufacturer ensures that the device complies with the applicable quality and safety standards. 
Class marking The class mark determines the operating capabilities of your drone as well as the requirements which pilots must meet. 

Further Information

Publications

FAQ limited open transitional category (PDF, 147 kB, 23.02.2022)Leaflet that summarizes the most important points to the transitional limited ‘open’ category.

Last modification 25.01.2023

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