A list of the EU compliant modules is available here: Open Category - Low Risk - Civil Drones | EASA (europa.eu) -> section Remote identification
According to article 23 para. 3 of implementing regulation (EU)2019/947 in connection with the Annex UAS.SPEC.050 (1) (l) (ii) (Responsibilities of the UAS operator), UAS operators in the specific category shall ensure that each individual unmanned aircraft is installed with an active and up-to-date remote identification system as of 01.01.2024.
Drones may comply with Direct Remote ID requirements either with a built-in broadcast functionality or an add-on module that satisfies EASA requirements delineated in (EU)2019/945, Chapter III, Article 40, para. 5. , referring to AMC1/GM1 Article 14(6) of (EU) 2019/947.
Getting started in Specific Category
If one or more of the basic rules cannot be complied with or if the take-off weight is over 25kg, you may require an authorisation to operate the drone in the specific category.
The following presentation gives an overview of this category:
The following procedures are available to apply for an operational authorisation:
The decision tree presented in the document below gives an overview of the different conditions applicable for each authorisation type.
Instructions for writing an Operations Manual (OM)
The Operations Manual (OM) serves as the basis for any request for an Operational Authorisation in the Specific category. An OM is approved only if it demonstrates that all identified risks are tolerable and operational safety objectives are met based a Specific Operations Risk Assessment (SORA) or a Pre-defined Risk Assessment (PDRA).The OM should not only describe the operation, but also provide insight into the operator’s operational safety culture. It should also include how and when to interact with additional parties/organizations (e.g., Airport Authorities, ANSP).
Please find below FOCA's "Guidance to elaborate an Operations Manual" (FOCA-UAS-GM-OM) that is designed to be used in combination with the empty “Operations Manual Template” (FOCA-UAS-APP-OM).
The goal is to guide applicants to provide the necessary information for submitting an OM as part of an application for an operational authorization, i.e. together with SORA or a PDRA application form.
Notice of modification of authorized opperations
If you wish to report an operational or technical change to operations already authorised by the FOCA, please use the following form to extend your authorisation to this change.
Last modification 18.01.2024