DJI has received the world&s first C1 EU Type Examination Certificate for drones under the new European Drone Regulation for its Mavic 3 drone series. The C1 certificate for the Mavic 3 series, which is obtained for one model at a time by installing new C1-compliant firmware, brings a number of benefits to users.
DJI Mavic 3
Users will be able to fly in the new A1 open category with C1 certification, and will no longer have to take the complex and costly A2 remote pilot certificate exam (aka "large EU drone license") - all drones weighing 250 grams or more will still require the basic A1/A3 "certificate of proficiency." Drone pilots can fly through the C1 certificate in places for which a permit could previously only be obtained through lengthy special permits.
The C1 certificate for the DJI Mavic 3 was issued by TÜV Rheinland and is valid throughout the European Economic Area (EEA, i.e. EU plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) and applies to all Mavic 3 models with C1-updated firmware.
The main differences between flying the Mavic 3 with or without a C1 certificate.
Changes with the new DJI Mavic 3 C1 firmware.
The following changes to the DJI Mavic 3&s function will automatically be mandatorily enabled via the new C1 firmware when flying the drone in the European Economic Area:
- The Mavic 3 series complies with the new noise limit of 83db.
- When ActiveTrack Intelligent Flight Mode is used to film people or objects, the distance to the person/object is limited to 50m. Beyond 50m, ActiveTrack is disabled.
- The auxiliary LEDs are automatically turned on or off during use, depending on the actual environment.
- the LEDs on the front arms of the drone will flash by default for the duration the drone is powered on.
Once the C1 application process is started, all future Mavic 3 series firmware updates will include the technical changes required for C1 certification and cannot be reversed.
C1 License Plate.
The application process for obtaining the new C1 license plate for the Mavic 3 series is expected to be available to all Mavic 3 owners starting Q4/2022. From that date, users will be able to apply for the license plate easily and free of charge. To do so, they will need to provide their drone&s serial number and confirm that they have updated to the firmware required for C1 certification. DJI plans to announce more details on the process in due course. DJI announced that in addition to the Mavic 3 series, other legacy and future DJI drones will receive a certificate in the future
according to the new European drone regulation.
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