How do I determine I fall under the ‘Certified’ category?
Operations shall be classified as UAS operations in the ‘certified’ category only where the following requirements are met:
(a) the UAS is Certified and
(b) the operation is conducted in any of the following conditions:
i. over assemblies of people;
ii. involves the transport of people;
iii. involves the carriage of dangerous goods, that may result in high risk for third parties in case of accident.
2. In addition, UAS operations shall be classified as UAS operations in the ‘certified’ category where the competent authority, based on the risk assessment provided for in Article 11, considers that the risk of the operation cannot beadequately mitigated without the certification of the UAS and of the UAS operator and, where applicable, without the licensing of the remote pilot.
Regulatory reference: Article 6 of EU Regulation 2019/947; Paragraph 1 of Article 40 of Delegated Regulation(EU) 2019/945
What are the conditions for a UAS to be classified as Certified?
The design, production and maintenance of UAS shall be certified if the UAS meets any of the following conditions:
(a) it has a characteristic dimension of 3 m or more, and is designed to be operated over assemblies of people;
(b) it is designed for transporting people;
(c) it is designed for the purpose of transporting dangerous goods and requiring a high level of robustness to mitigate the risks for third parties in case of accident;
(d) it is used in the ‘specific’ category of operations defined in Article 5 of Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/947 and the operational authorisation issued by the competent authority, following a risk assessment provided for in Article 11 of Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/947, considers that the risk of the operation cannot be adequately mitigated without the certification of the UAS.
2. A UAS subject to certification shall comply with the applicable requirements set out in Commission Regulations(EU) No 748/2012 (15), (EU) 2015/640 (16) and (EU) No 1321/2014 (17).
Regulatory reference: Article 40 of EU Regulation 2019/945
Do i need to register my Certified UAS?
Yes. The owner of an unmanned aircraft whose design is subject to certification shall register the unmanned aircraft. This can be done using the Department of Civil Aviation Cyprus UAS website (www.drones.gov.cy) under the ‘Certified UAS Registration’ tab. Please note that an unmanned aircraft cannot be registered in more than one Member State at a time.
Regulatory reference: article 14, paragraph 7 of EU regulation 2019/947.
Who can provide me the registration number of my Certified Drone?
The Department of Civil Aviation will provide the registration number of a Certified UAS. The nationality and registration mark of an unmanned aircraft shall be established in line with ICAO Annex 7.
Regulatory reference: Article 14, paragraph 7 of EU Regulation 2019/947
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