UAS conversion kit to class C5 and C6 by EASA

Given the lack of manufacturers that have launched UAS with class C5 or C6 labeling on the market (it is true that there are some C6s like the Delair or Aerobotic), in compliance with MOC 2512 for the mitigation of M2 measures developed by the European Safety Agency Air (EASA), there are a number of kits on the market for the conversion of C3 drones (mostly) to drones with class C5 and C6 labeling.

Compliance with the specifications included in the EASA MOC M2 2512 makes it possible to demonstrate that the ability to limit the impact energy in the event of a UAS accident is achieved, ensuring that it does not cause damage to any non-participating person or to the controlled land area. which must contain the geography of the drone flight.

In combination with the conversion kits, which are nothing more than parachute devices to limit the impact, with the safe flight termination systems (FTS or RTH), the UAS is classified as C5, and therefore able to fly under the STS. -01, the European standard scenario defined in the Implementing Regulation itself, slightly different from the Spanish national STS-ES-01.

The installation of this type of conversion kits allows drones such as the DJI Inspire 3 or the DJI Matrice 350, to speak of the most modern from the Chinese manufacturer, to fly under the European STS-01, since the STS-ES tend to disappear, with a deadline already set for 12/31/2025.

Although we have a long year and a half left before UAS can be operated under the STS-ES, it is good news that brands and manufacturers such as Dronavia are appearing with their Kronos system ( ) or FlyingEye ( waiting for DJI, at least, to develop its own conversion kits or sell the aircraft with class C5 labeling with all the necessary accessories.

From January 1, 2024, the State Aviation Safety Agency (AESA) indicates on its website that UAS operators will be able to benefit from these European standard scenarios, with the prior presentation of an operational declaration for the STS-01 standard scenario and /o STS-02, although there is still no procedure for this on the website.

In addition, it must be remembered that UAS that fly in a specific category must have the remote identification system activated and working, as well as any drone that has class labeling. For UAS operations in a specific category using drones that do not have class labeling, EASA also provides us with a list of different device manufacturers as well as applications to monitor UAS that are near us.

You can consult more details at this EASA link:

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