The EU drone regulations have brought us the OPEN, SPECIFIC and CERTIFIED categories. The special category is a particularly interesting innovation. You can find out why in this article.
What is the SPECIFIC category?
The specific category is for all drone operators who want more than the open category allows. This includes the following examples:
Example 1 - Flying an entire residential area as a 3D model: If, for example, you are an infrastructure provider and want to model large, populated areas, you need a correspondingly large drone. However, drones with a take-off mass of more than 2 kg may not be operated closer than 150 m to populated areas. This is therefore a case for the SPECIAL category.
Example 2 - Inspecting a pipeline or high-voltage power line: Such large infrastructures usually run through industrial areas, under federal waterways or through nature reserves. All of these areas are subject to a flight ban for drones weighing over 2 kg. We would also like to be allowed to fly beyond visual range in order to reach our destination more quickly. All of this belongs in the SPECIAL category.
The ticket to this world of large-scale and special projects is the operating licence.
Figure 1: OPEN category vs. SPECIAL category of the EU drone regulation
The key to a competitive advantage: operating licence
Those who obtain an operating licence for their projects have a clear competitive advantage. You have four options for obtaining such an authorisation. The choice depends on the complexity and frequency of the mission. There is a choice:
STS (from 12/2023) = pre-filled risk analysis for standard missions with a certified drone
PDRA = pre-filled risk analysis for standard missions with non-certified drone
SORA = comprehensive risk analysis
LUC (from 12/2023) = certification of own company to be able to authorise missions itself
Please note that only PDRA and SORA are available until the end of 2023.
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