DJI Issues World’s First C1 Drone Certificate

DJI, the global leader in civilian drones and creative camera technology, has launched the application process for customers who wish to obtain the new C1 class identification label for the Mavic 3 and Mavic 3 Cine drones.

From 9 December, users can request the C1 certificate on a voluntary basis – easily and at no cost. The process will require them to provide their drone serial number and confirmation that they have updated to the firmware needed to obtain C1 certification. Users who obtain the label after updating their firmware should be aware that all future firmware updates of the Mavic 3 and Mavic 3 Cine will include the technical changes required by the C1 certificate and cannot be reversed. More details about the application process can be found here.

The C1 certificate for the Mavic 3 and Mavic 3 Cine brings a number of advantages. Users can fly in the new A1 Open Category and will no longer have to pass the complex and costly A2 “Remote Piloting License” exam[1]. They will have more freedom to fly in environments they have been restricted from without the C1 certificate – unless obtaining special permission after an additional lengthy administrative process.

The C1 certificate – the world’s first C1 EU-type examination certificate for drones under the new European Drone Regulation – was issued earlier this year by the officially-recognized notified body of TÜV Rheinland. It is valid across the European Economic Area (EEA, i.e. EU plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) and applies to all hardware and C1-updated-firmware of the DJI Mavic 3 and Mavic 3 Cine.

The main differences between flying the Mavic 3 and Mavic 3 Cine with or without C1 certificate are:

Operating AreaOperational RestrictionsPilot Competence

With C1 certificate and C1-compliant firmware (flying in the A1 Open Category from now on and after 31 December 2023)

– No flying over uninvolved people (if it happens, should be minimized)

– No flying over assemblies of people

– Read user manual

– Obtain A1/A3 “Proof of Competence” basic drone certificate by taking an officially-recognized theoretical online exam with no limitations on attempts before passing

Without C1 certificate
 and without C1-compliant firmware (flying in the A2 Open Category until 31 December 2023; or in the A3 Open Category after 1 January 2024)

– No flying over uninvolved people
– Keeping a minimum 50 m horizontal distance from people until 31 December 2023- After 1 January 2024, flying in areas free from people and 150 metres horizonal distance or more away from properties

– Read user manual

– Obtain A2 “Remote Piloting License” by taking an officially- recognized theoretical online exam, and declaring self-practical training. When failing, the customer has to reapply for the exam with possible additional costs involved

C1-certified drones with C1-compliant firmware are also subject to additional mandatory changes under European Drone Regulation:

  • The Mavic 3 and Mavic 3 Cine meet the new noise reduction level of 83db.
  • When the ActiveTrack Intelligent Flight Mode is used to film people or objects, the distance from the person/object will be limited to 50 m. Beyond 50 m, ActiveTrack will be disabled.
  • The Auxiliary LEDs will be turned on or off automatically during use, based on the actual environment, and
  • The LEDs at the front arms of the drone will blink by default for the duration of the UAV being powered on.

These changes will be activated whenever a C1-certified DJI Mavic 3 or Mavic 3 Cine is flown in the European Economic Area (EEA).

[1] The A1/A3 “Proof of Competence” basic drone certificate is still needed for all drones weighing 250 grams or more.

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