DJI has just announced that it has started the certification process for the C1 drone certificate for the Mavic 3 and Mavic 3 Cine. This means that users of DJI&s flagship consumer drones can apply for the C1 certificate on a voluntary basis and free of charge starting tomorrow (Dec. 09, 2022).
This requires providing the drone&s serial number and confirming that it has been updated to the firmware required for C1 certification. Users who receive the label after an appropriate firmware update must be aware that any future firmware updates to the Mavic 3 and Mavic 3 Cine will include the technical changes required for C1 certification and cannot be reversed.
With the C1 certificate, drone pilots can fly in the new, open A1 category and no longer have to take the paid A2 exam for the "Remote Piloting License." They have more freedom to fly in environments that were off-limits to them without the C1 certificate - unless they obtain a special permit after an additional lengthy administrative process.
However, even with the C1 license, they must maintain a horizontal distance of at least 50 meters from people until Dec. 31, 2023 (after Dec. 01, 2024, flying will only be allowed in areas where there are no people and at least 150 meters horizontally from properties).
The C1 certificate - the world&s first C1 EU test certificate for drones under the new European Drone Regulation - was issued by TÜV Rheinland earlier this year. It is valid throughout the European Economic Area (EEA, i.e. EU plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) and applies to all hardware and C1 update firmware of the DJI Mavic 3 and Mavic 3 Cine.
Here again an overview (source: DJI) how flying with and without C1 certificate differs: