Open Category

General Rules

 

A drone operation in the "Open" category is exempt from authorization by the DAC. It is the operator's responsibility to comply with the rules laid down and the Grand Ducal Police will ensure compliance with the general provisions in force.

In order for a drone to be considered to be in the "Open" category, all of the following conditions must be met:

 

 

 

Sub-categories A1 – A2 – A3

 

In addition to the general rules of the OPEN category described in the table above, the OPEN category is subdivided into 3 sub-categories, the main purpose of which is the protection of people on the ground:

  • OPEN A1
    • For operations near people not participating in operations
    • The overflight of people not participating in the operation should be avoided as much as possible
    • Flying over gatherings is strictly prohibited
    • Fall into this category:
      • UAS with a class C0 or C1 marking
      • UAS without class marking whose mass is less than 500 g until January 1, 2023.
      • From January 1, 2023, only those whose mass is less than 250 g will be acceptable in OPEN A1.
  • OPEN A2
    • For operations at a safe distance from persons not participating in the operations
    • Fall into this category:
      • UASs with class C2 marking
      • UAS without class marking whose mass is between 500 g and 2 kg until January 1, 2023.
      • From January 1, 2023, these UASs are automatically reclassified as OPEN A3.
    • UASs operated in OPEN A1 can also be operated in OPEN A2.
    • The operations are carried out with a horizontal safety distance ("x") of:
      • Minimum 50 m from people for unmarked UAS between 500 g and 2 kg;
      • Minimum 30 m from people if the UAS has a class C2 marking.
        • This distance can be reduced from 30 to 5 m if the UAS uses low-speed mode
      • In addition, a "1: 1" rule applies: if the operator is operating 80m above the ground, he/she must maintain an 80m horizontal safety distance between the UAS and non-participating persons.

 

  • OPEN A3
    • For operations without a non-participating person in the area of operations
    • The horizontal safety distance should be 150m from residential, commercial, industrial or recreational areas
    • Fall into this category
      • UAS with class C3 and C4 marking
      • UAS without class marking whose mass is between 2 kg and 25 kg until January 1, 2023.
      • From January 1, 2023, all UAS without class marking with a mass greater than 250 g fall into this subcategory.
    • UASs operated in OPEN A1 and OPEN A2 can also be operated in OPEN A3.

 

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