The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has released new regulations that will require all drones operating in the European Union to be marked with a Class Identification Label from January 1st, 2024. The new regulation aims to improve safety and security in the airspace and enable authorities to identify the drone and its operator easily.
The Class Identification Label is a standardised label that categorises drones based on their weight, capability, and potential risk. The regulation outlines seven classes, with each class having a unique label that must be displayed on the drone. In this article, we will focus on the drones that already have the Class Identification label.
Here are the drones that already have the Class Identification Label, their respective labels, and their manufacturers:
|C0||Mini 2 SE|
Mini 3 & Mini 3 Pro
Mini 4 Pro
|C1||Mavic 3, Mavic 3 v2.0, & Mavic 3 Cine v2.0|
Mavic 3E EU, Mavic 3T EU & Mavic 3M EU
Matrice M30 EU & Matrice M30T EU
Matrice 350 RTK
As shown in the table, these drones have different weights, capabilities, and potential risks, which are the basis for their classification. The C0 Label is the lightest and the least risky, while the C6 Label is the heaviest and the most capable.
With the new regulation coming into effect, we can expect to see more and more drones being certified and equipped with the required Class Identification Label. This will not only promote safer drone operation but also create a more organised and structured drone ecosystem in the European Union.