As a DJI Mini pilot, you might have heard about the new European Union (EU) drone regulations coming into effect on January 1st, 2024. These regulations introduce new requirements for drone pilots, including training and licensing.
In this article, we’ll cover:
- How to determine if you need training
- Different options for training and licensing
- What to know about flight categories
Do I need training?
The need for training depends on your drone weight and how you plan to use it.
- If your drone weighs less than 249 grams and flies no faster than 19 meters per second, training is not required. However, it’s important to read the instructions carefully and follow all safety regulations.
- If your drone weighs between 250 grams and 25 kilograms, you will need to pass an exam to obtain a pilot certificate. The complexity of the training and the type of exam depend on your drone’s characteristics and intended use.
How to get a pilot certificate:
Various training options are available from both private companies and the Civil Aviation Agency (CAA). You can find detailed information about training courses and exams on the CAA website.
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has defined three categories for using unmanned aerial vehicles based on increasing risk levels:
- Open category: This category covers low and medium-risk flights. If you need a remote pilot license, it will likely fall under the open category.
- Specific category: This category covers flights with an increased risk level, such as flying over crowds or populated areas.
- Certified category: This category covers flights with the highest risk level and is intended for professional drone operators.
The new EU drone regulations aim to ensure safety in airspace. By understanding these regulations and following the requirements, you can continue to enjoy flying your DJI Mini drone.
- Civil Aviation Agency website: https://www.caa.lv/
- European Union drone regulations: https://www.easa.europa.eu/
- From 2 January 2020, SJSC “Latvijas gaisa satiksme” provides a new service – the Electronic Unmanned Aircraft Restrictions Viewer (eUARV), which provides the aeronautical information necessary for the operation of unmanned aircraft: https://www.airspace.lv/drones
- Always fly responsibly and follow all safety regulations.
- If you are unsure about the regulations or training requirements, contact the CAA.