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Schiebel has become the first Unmanned Air System (UAS) operator in Europe to receive Light UAS Operator Certificate (LUC) for its CAMCOPTER® S-100 from Austro Control.

Under the new EU regulatory framework for civil UAS operators, it is possible to receive a LUC by the National Aviation Authority. Schiebel is the first UAV operator in Europe to successfully demonstrate and meet the requirements for the certification by Austro Control. The requirements are according to (EU) 2019/947 on the rules and procedures for the operation of unmanned aircrafts.

On 25 February 2021, Schiebel was issued the LUC, which enables the company to self-authorise operations, within the defined scope and privileges, in civil airspace without applying for authorisation. For Schiebel these operations include commercial drone flights, test flights as well as training flights for pilots. The LUC, which is also valid in EU and EASA member states, is an important step for the UAV market. It opens further opportunities in regards to flying in civil airspace by allowing the operators to carry the responsibility for their operations, making the whole process more efficient and structured. The certification process includes a thorough review of the safety, compliance, and management system. Special focus is put on the qualification of the personnel and the handling of operational aspects.

Jack Richardson